Happy Birthday Grandpa

To The Grandparent Who Encouraged Me To Believe In Myself, Thank You For The Memories And Happy 80th Birthday

I appreciate your kindness and everything you did for me.


During times of happiness, sadness, and frustrations, you were always there to give support. Over the years, when I began learning new things about life and myself, you provided advice and motivation so I could achieve success. I know you will be proud of all that I have accomplished. Even though I cannot see you anymore, I will always have the memories that we shared.

Thank you for all the great stories.

The funny and informative speeches you would tell always made me smile. Occasionally, I wanted to know something about your life or a topic in school and you explained so I could understand. Your wisdom and fun facts made learning about history more interesting. You introduced me to your favorite shows and films and that is how I became a fan of science fiction movies like "Star Wars," classic ones like "The Godfather," action/dramas like "Rocky," and developed an overall appreciation for cinema.

You always took me to sporting events and recreational activities.

During the summertime, you would take me to see the Long Island Ducks play, and — since I won a contest one time — had the opportunity to meet some of the players, get lessons, and have lunch from Outback Steakhouse at the stadium before watching a game at night with fireworks afterward. Going fishing together and seeing you at my karate classes as I climbed the ranks to get my black belt were other great memories. I wished you were able to travel more — glad you had fun the one time you took me to Washington D.C. — but it is okay. No matter where everyone decided to go, you always enjoyed yourself.

I learned how to balance my education and life thanks to you.

School was difficult, but I still enjoyed learning, meeting new people, and adapting to changes. Your inspiration allowed me to come up with ideas for projects and you encouraged me to complete assignments earlier and not procrastinate. Really glad that I took your advice because it made my weekends stress-free. By making school a top priority, I was able to experience life more and did not have to worry too much about homework or projects.

Your unique and fun personality will always be remembered.

Just like the weather you had good days and bad ones. However, you always put family first. I always valued your opinion and wished you were still around to tell me your thoughts on society today (excluding action and superhero movies, you will most likely be shocked, angry, and/or disappointed), but I hope you are happy and peaceful. There were so many things that made you laugh and smile, but I know you will be remembered for your generosity, sense of humor, and love for Grandma's cooking.

If it was not for your faith in me, I would not be as motivated to succeed in life.

While you were still with us, I learned to be grateful for your kindness. Grandma and I, along with the rest of the family, miss you so much and remember the memories you shared with us. Thank you for being in my life, Grandpa. Although you are no longer here, I realize that you will always be watching over me.

Happy birthday in heaven, and may the force be with you.

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I'm The Girl That's Best Friends With Her Grandparents

My Nan and Pap are my heart.

To My Very Best Friends,

You guys are my world. You are the sweetest, kindest, most beautiful souls I have ever known. You are the most generous people in the world. You would do anything for anyone, and you never expect a thank you or any recognition. No one deserves to be recognized for their unbelievable kindness more than you two. I know that I could never find the words to thank you enough or to explain how much you truly mean or how great you really are, but I will do my very best for the very special people who give their utmost each and every day. I'm so proud to be the girl that's best friends with her grandparents.

So, Nan and Pap, here's to you:

Breakfast dates have always been our thing.

You have always brought us to the local diner for as long as I can remember. I cherish these dates. There is nothing more comforting to me than to walk into that restaurant and see your smiling faces sitting in the booth near the window. You guys listen to every word I have to say, and care about every little detail of my life. Sitting across from you with the morning sun shining on your faces melts my heart and brings so much peace to my soul. I can not even tell you how special these times are for me. I get to press pause on the pressures of the world and sit down and laugh with you guys. You are always just happy to be with each other, and happy to spend time with me. I love you so much for the beautiful souls you are.

You believe in me.

You believe in my writing, and you support my dreams. You read every single one of my articles, and are quite certain I'll write a book someday. If I ever make it, if I ever achieve my dream of becoming an author, I will dedicate every word, cover to cover to you two. You guys have cheered me on my whole life, and held me together every single day, through the worst times and the brightest. You are my rock. You guys have been a constant throughout my entire life. You have always been by my side. I can always count on you. I have always been able to run to you guys. Growing up, you were right next door so I was lucky enough to run up the grassy hill and come bounding into your house. Even now at 22, I find myself driving out to your house several times a week running right into your arms. You have always been home to me.

You guys are my everything.

You're my voice of reason, my smile, my sunshine every day. Your laughs bring so much joy to my heart. You are my protectors and safe haven. You are my sense of direction and every ounce of faith I have. Your kindness humbles me beyond words. Your love for me has given me more than I could ever ask for. It is everything I am. No one can make me laugh, or comfort me like you two. You are every bit of reassurance I have in everything life throws my way. You are my confidence. You hold me together, and you are my drive to succeed in this life. Your strength has been my greatest inspiration

I cherish each and every moment spent with you guys. I appreciate you more than I could ever say, and I love you with all of my heart.

"I love you as big as the sky!"


Your Granddaughter

Cover Image Credit: Hayley Gulesian

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To The Grandmother I'm Named, After But Never Got To Meet

I love you and I wish I could meet you.


Dear Grandma Sylvia,

This is your granddaughter Sarah. I am named after you. All my life, my father has told me about how amazing and wise you were. He loves you more than you know. I could imagine if you were alive how much fun I could've had sleeping over with Grandpa before he died.

As I became more spiritual in my teens, I wished and still wish you were alive to mentor me and help me. You would know what to do and be so wise. Perhaps we would nosh on something and we would talk. Maybe we could cook together and I would make my father proud. You are someone so incredibly strong and it inspires me to be a strong woman. You went through so much and you had an adventure.

I wish I could feel you squeeze my cheeks, and give me hugs and kisses. I would have loved for you to visit me and you could've shown me where you grew up and lived before you moved to Florida. I love how much love you had in your heart and if only the world could look that way. After every tragedy, you would comfort me and pray for peace in the world. I wish I could have met you.

As I become an adult, I want to tell you some things. I am dating someone amazing and I'm sure you would love him and probably squeeze his cheeks. I am on the path to be a nurse so I can care for others and do what's right in healthcare. College is hard and every time I want to complain or I do complain, I will think of you. G_d gave you a lot of challenges but you overcame all of them and became strong and stayed kind. One thing I won't do is go fishing, it isn't pleasant. I love you. The biggest hug and kiss.



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