Today is my Grandpa’s birthday!! He doesn’t even own a computer, so he’ll never see this post, but that’s ok. We went home to Mansfield over the weekend to see him since I’ll only be able to talk to him on the phone today. It makes me very sad that we aren’t closer distance wise anymore. You see, my mom and I lived across the street from my Grandma and Grandpa. I literally saw them everyday of my life. When my Grandma passed away, I even moved in with him for about a year. When I finally moved back in with my mom, Shannon, who was just my awesome boyfriend back then, stayed the night with him every Friday and Saturday for about six months.
When we visited with him Saturday, he was telling us how he’ll occasionally stop into this ice cream shop and get a cone and eat it in the car. My heart was literally broken hearing that. Even though we are only one hour away from each other, it’s just too far to swing by and have ice cream together. Which, when I was younger, we ate almost every night together. Needless to say, he was my father figure. If you have read “meet the sevens” on the website, you already know that we were married on my grandparents wedding anniversary, and my Grandpa gave me away. I wanted to share a couple of my favorite photos from that special day. My favorite is the one of us on the horse and carriage. Doesn’t he look like Johnny Cash and Elvis! I love it! Since he gave me away, we had the whole carriage ride into the ceremony to be alone, and of course we talked about Grandma. It was a very special moment for us. The photo of us dancing was during the “father-daughter” dance. I chose, Grandpa, tell me ’bout the good old days, by the Judds. Yet another very special moment for us where once again we talked some about Grandma.
Even though I’m only 30, my Grandpa is the only grandparent I have left. I don’t like this reality. He just recently won a battle against cancer. Which is great that he’s currently cancer free, but also makes it even more apparent that our time together will eventually come to an end.
Recently, one of my good friends lost her Grandpa. He lived to be 90 years old, which is amazing, but anyone who has lost someone close to them knows that no matter the age or circumstance, it’s never easy to say goodbye. He also was able to attend her wedding, which is a great memory for her to have. I wanted to share my favorite photo from her special day in honor of her Grandpa. Aren’t those smiles contagious! RIP Bob Huston
For the record, I don’t intend to be Debbie downer when I write personal blogs. I do, however, want anyone fortunate enough to have Grandparents to realize how precious time is with them. Maybe you live too far away to see them often, but a phone call, email, letter, or whatever form of communication your Grandparent can use, will make their day. If you live close enough to have an ice cream date together, that is what I would do! I ordered that photo above on a plaque for my friend. Below the photo, I put a quote, “A Grandpa is someone you never outgrow your need for…” On that note, I’m going to call my own and see how his birthday is going!