To My Grandpa That Left Too Soon

To My Grandpa, Who Left Too Soon

From the words of your granddaughter.


Dear Grandpa,

One thing I know for sure is that life comes as a surprise. I sit here and I reminisce on the memories we got to share, and what a privilege it was for me to have you as my grandpa. I can't get away from the things that made you who you were, and I hope they never leave me. You were an outstanding man. You were extraordinary, bold, with wisdom beyond belief. Everything you did was done through the love and compassion you carried so well. To me you were incapable of ever leaving me, to me you were invincible.

So much has changed since you've been gone. It feels like a part of our family is missing, and I don't think that will ever go away. There's a silent emptiness that we don't speak of, a silence that hangs in the air because we're all wishing you could be here. You left us unexpectedly, and I miss you every day for it. You were a huge part of what made our family who we are. You loved your children, you loved your grandkids, but most importantly, you loved your wife — grandma. The love that you two shared is one that I aspire to have for myself one day.

Something I've never been able to admit is that I regret not cherishing every moment I had with you while you were still here. Sometimes we all forget life isn't forever, and if you were still here I'd make sure to make our time together count. At times I wish I would've picked up the phone and called more often. I could tell you about my day and you'd tell me all about yours. Some of my sweetest memories were with you. I get upset when I see how close others are with their grandparents and the chance they get at seeing them often. I hope they realize how lucky they are and to never take it for granted. If you were here I would thank you. Thank you for loving me the way you did. Thank you for always choosing my needs before your own. Thank you for being the greatest grandpa ever.

I always thought you'd be here to see me walk when I graduate college or see me happily married to the love of my life. I wish you could be here to see the children I'll have one day, be there for them and never leave. But I can't wait to tell them all about you and the man you were to our family. They'll know what a great man you were and I only hope they can have that same experience for themselves. There are so many things I would love to tell you just to hear you laugh one more time.

Even though you aren't here physically, I know that you'll always be with me. Although situations might've changed, I look back and grasp onto all the memories I have of you. I've always admired you and I will continue to for the rest of my life. No amount of time will ever take that away from me. You hold such a big part in my heart, simply for who you were, and what you were to me.

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The One Thing Everyone Should Do Before They Graduate

Why I wish everyone could have shared in my end of school adventure.


The end of freshman year was filled with the abundant stress of final exams, teary-eyed goodbyes, and last looks at my dorm room on South Campus. The academic year was overwhelmingly busy, and I tried my best to soak in every single moment as a first-year college student. But as I'm sure many of you can understand, it's not always possible to make time for the adventures we so desperately desire. I found myself saying "I want to do that!" all year long, and here it was the last week of the year and my bucket list had barely been touched. All those Philadelphia excursions, dreamy coffee shop dates, and campus explorations that I looked forward to never ended up panning out…

… until last Thursday night.

With about half the freshman class moved out of South Campus, everything felt a little strange. There was barely a dinner rush at all in Donahue Dining Hall, and my room looked so empty it almost made me sad. Naturally, I called up a couple of friends. Within minutes, we met in the lounge, and we were off for our adventure.

Every single day on the way to labs in Mendel Hall, I walked past the beloved Falvey Fountain. It had become such a consistent part of my routine that walking past it felt like it was a necessary daily occurrence. But this time, we didn't walk past. In fact, we stopped dead in our tracks and admired its color changing beauty for a brief moment.

And then we dove in!

Yes, we jumped right into the fountain. First the daring adventurer of the group, then his sidekick, then the skeptic, and finally myself. This was definitely not allowed, but no one was around, and more importantly, no one cared. Being knee deep was freezing, but the adrenaline rush was too much to suppress. So we submerged further, dunking each other and splashing the icy water literally everywhere. My wet hair made way for the most epic hair flip of all time, and we all laughed joyously.

All the stress of looming final grades and the completion of projects, the bittersweet goodbyes to our newfound families, and the hassles of packing up for the year were washed away in that fountain, drowned in the euphoria of the moment. We were officially baptized in summer as it dubbed us the kings and queens of adventure.

Afterward, we wrung out our soaking clothes and snapped a quick pic of our drenched selves. Trying to escape the scene hastily, I dropped my bag of M&M;'s. They spilled everywhere, leaving streams of melty chocolate and food coloring running through the aftermath of our fountain dive. The scene looked like a bit of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory had exploded from the fountain and into the night.

I am far from kidding when I say that adventure is a must for everyone, at any stage of life. Whether it's fountain diving at Nova, or sky diving in New Mexico, something about us as human beings needs the unusual, exciting, and even hazardous experiences. This one was particularly cleansing and absolutely unforgettable.

So I implore you: go forth this summer and be adventurous! Explore hidden places, try new eats, shuffle a stranger's playlist, introduce yourself to someone on a whim, or just get in the car and drive with no destination in mind. This summer is for the bold; this summer's for you.

Happy adventuring!


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