"Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come. -Rabindranath Tagore
don’t remember a whole lot about Grandpa except that he was a hard worker and
he could give scary spankings.
to read out loud to his family and play games. He
also had a great sense of humor “Excuse the pig
among the hogs”
was a leader in the Redmond church and committed to God.
last words to me were, “You (boys) be good and obey your mommy and daddy and I
will see you in heaven.”
I had many happy hours visiting grandma. She was always
interested in what I was doing. We would
often play games or just talk, laughing sometimes till we cried.
We talked a lot about heaven and her family who had already died and how she was looking forward to seeing them.
Had a burden
for her grandchildren
much with my talents, especially my music and poetry.
She would talk to me for hours when I was young and always had a bible verse in her cursive handwriting taped up somewhere in her house when I visited.
Wood chips and animals are what I remember most about grandpa. I never saw him much. Not enough to know his heart. At the very end of his life I got a glimpse of who he was in the hours I spent listening to his stories, memories and poems.
his faith in God he overcam much of his disability.
had a very simple
faith-sometimes frustratingly so.
visited and cared for people and did what he could at the church.
"Precious in the
sight of the LORD