Grandpa

This is a picture of me and my Grandpa. It was taken after returning home from a baby beauty pageant my mom entered me in. I didn’t win (and with that mouth-agape blank stare, I can’t imagine why not), but I like to think my grandpa thought I was beautiful all the same.

He passed away Sunday morning and my world has been rocked, just a little bit, ever since. He lived a good, long 84 years on this Earth. Sixty-five of those years were spent married to his best friend and soul mate, my Grandma. Knowing that my Grandpa won’t be around to offer me candied orange slices or to give me his trademarked half smile is tough enough, but watching my Grandma come to terms with losing her husband is just about one of the toughest things ever, I think.

My grandpa had a reputation for being tough as nails. But I never knew him as anything but an old softie. He had a great sense of humor about him – and, oh, he was witty. I have never been the type that could remember jokes, but I can still quote a couple of his one-liners to this day. That’s how funny he was. He loved baseball, Westerns, detective shows, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. He once patiently sat at a kitchen table for an entire hour because I insisted on making him breakfast when my Grandma was out of town. I was 10 and I didn’t really know how to cook. He ate every bite. I can list of a lot of things that were great about my Grandpa but I think my favorite part about him is how madly in love he was with my Grandma. Their marriage was beautiful to me and I feel so fortunate to have their example to live by.

My Grandparents are the absolute center of my family. I will miss my Grandpa more than I can express. I am sorry for my Grandma, Mom, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins who are experiencing this loss right along with me. I’m glad we have each other.

Thanks to all of my friends who have sent condolences, good thoughts and prayers towards me and my family. They are so very much appreciated.

  • Emily - I'm so sorry, Heidi. What a touching note. Your Grandpa sounds like a really special guy. How wonderful that he and your Grandma found each other. We'll be thinking of you and your fam. xo

  • Jennifer - i can empathize. as you know i lost my grandfather almost two years ago. you drove me to the airport to go see him at the hospital. i spent his last few days with him there. he was the center of my world as well. that's a special bond that you have. if you need anything friend, please call me. even if you just want a sympathetic ear. all my love to you.

  • Vanessa - Heidi I'm so sorry to hear about your Grandpa but can't help but smile at the wonderful memories you have with him! And maybe he was so proud that day so long ago because he knew what a beautiful person you were going to turn out to be!

  • Vanessa - Ps I have a picture as a five year old with the exact same dress. crazy.

  • Heidi - thank you so much for the condolences, ladies.

  • Eric - beautifully said Heidi, I love the story about making him breakfast when you were 10 : )

  • Nathan - Hi Heidi. Despite describing very sad circumstances, you still manage to paint a beautiful picture. Stay strong, you'll be in my thoughts.

  • Ala @ The Modern Type - tears in my eyes for this beautiful, inspirational post. again, my condolences with you and your family as you find your way through this tough time. you’re my favoritest c-dub ever and if you need yogurtland to cheer you up, i’m here. =)

  • Shawn Kloster - So sorry to hear about the loss of your Grandfather, Heidi. My Grandfather meant the world to me and it sounds like you had a similar relationship with yours.

    Celebrate his life, keep those fond memories close and know that he is in a great place now.

  • Adrienne Gunde - I’m so sorry for your loss Heidi. Your grandfather sounds like he was an amazing person and reading your beautifully written memories of him brought tears to my eyes. Keeping you & your family in my thoughts.

  • Emily - I’m so sorry, Heidi. What a touching note. Your Grandpa sounds like a really special guy. How wonderful that he and your Grandma found each other. We’ll be thinking of you and your fam. xo

  • Jennifer C. - i can empathize. as you know i lost my grandfather almost two years ago. you drove me to the airport to go see him at the hospital. i spent his last few days with him there. he was the center of my world as well. that’s a special bond that you have. if you need anything friend, please call me. even if you just want a sympathetic ear. all my love to you.

  • Vanessa D. - Heidi I’m so sorry to hear about your Grandpa but can’t help but smile at the wonderful
    memories you have with him! And maybe he was so proud that day so long ago because he knew what a beautiful person you were going to turn out to be!

  • Vanessa D. - Ps I have a picture as a five year old with the exact same dress. crazy.

  • Laurell - your grandpa was one of a kind, he was like a dad to me, love you.

  • Mary - beautiful post my love! You have some amazing memories of you and your Grandpa that I know you will cherish the rest of your life! I didn’t grow up with grandparents so your bond with him is really something special to see! I just know he is dancing in heaven, waiting for his dance partner to arrive! I love you lots and you and your family are in my prayers!

  • Rebecca - This was very touching Heidi. Thanks for sharing. Our love and thoughts are with all of you.

  • Luana - Did you have to make me cry all over again! I love you Heidi and I am so proud of you. Thank you for sharing your memories!

  • Frances - Your beautiful inside and on the outside.

  • Luana - BTW you were a beautiful baby too, gerber baby mouth and all : )

  • Betty - Heidi, Your grandpa and grandma love you too. That was a beautiful thing you wrote. I made a copy to keep. THANK YOU.

  • Eric A. - beautifully said Heidi, I love the story about making him breakfast when you were 10 : )

  • Nathan H. - Hi Heidi. Despite describing very sad circumstances, you still manage to paint a beautiful picture. Stay strong, you’ll be in my thoughts.

  • Laurel A. - your grandpa was one of a kind, he was like a dad to me, love you.

  • Rebecca A. - This was very touching Heidi. Thanks for sharing. Our love and thoughts are with all of you.

  • Luana L. - Did you have to make me cry all over again! I love you Heidi and I am so proud of you. Thank you for sharing your memories!

  • Luana L. - BTW you were a beautiful baby too, gerber baby mouth and all : )

  • Grandma - Heidi, Your grandpa and grandma love you too. That was a beautiful thing you wrote. I made a copy to keep. THANK YOU.

  • jen berry - heidi, through your voice, i can so easily see how important your grandfather was to your life. it’s amazing how vivid your memories are of him. it really speaks volumes of his importance in your life and your family. i can see where your sweet fun being came from. and i can see how amazing your grandmother is by her comment (at her age she knows how to use a computer and leave comments, amazingly smart). i know during these times no one can say anything that will take pain away. i just want you to know that I recognize how important he was to you and why and I am sorry for your loss.

  • my. - Oh, Heidi, what a beautiful and touching tribute to your grandpa. I love what you said about the most favorite thing about him is his love for your grandma. How special for you to have these cherished memories of him. My heart goes out to you and your family.

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