"Who has more fun than people?"
My Grandpa said this often. Usually when we were all around the table, lounging after Sunday dinner and laughing until tears rolled down. We'd all do that slow descent from laughing, he'd throw out the usual "ahh, who has more fun than people?" And the laughter would start again because we had no idea how to answer his goofy rhetorical question.
Last Monday was a mix of crying and praying. Praying for a peaceful death for my Grandpa, who lived a full life and was ready to go home.
I was able to be there with him later that night as he took his last breath.
As this blog grows, I feel a desire to keep things personal. This time, though, I feel I'm doing him a disservice by keeping it to myself. He always liked to brag on his kids and grandkids, so today I'm going to brag on him.
My grandpa had so many stories to tell. In this day, I think we forget the importance of story telling.
He had great catch phrases, the kind that were funny when he said them over and over. I've tried throwing them out in regular conversation and an awkward pause ensues. Haha! Not the same. He had his own personal brand of humor, and it was hilarious.
He loved the Cubs and got to finally see them bring home a World Series win just a few months ago.
He had been healthy up until a few months ago. He lived with my parents for seven years, moving in right around the time we bought our first house and I started this blog. We'd see him every time we visited my parents, which was a lot.
Our kids got to know him well and he'd slip them cookies from the jar next to his chair, just like he'd do when I was a kid. He got to know their little quirks and was always amazed at how different their personalities are. He'd call Lily, "little Annie" since she reminded him so much of me. Kate was fiesty, just like my grandma.
I can still hear his laugh, see his smile. I think I miss him, but I don't feel like he's gone.
He'd always say, "you can never be too careful!" So I'll keep praying for him to get to Heaven. And praying we all live a good life and can meet again.
He taught us all so much. So so much.
Love your family fiercely. Put others before yourself. Show genuine love for others, even people you don't know. Practice humility and swallow your pride, embrace hope and forgiveness. Enjoy the simple things in life, from the comics section to a parade. Sing, dance, tell jokes. Don't worry what others think.
Smile and laugh often. Delight in this gift of life we have been given.
Through good times and hard times, it really is a beautiful life.