It's Been One Year Since My Grandfather Died And It's Still Hard To Believe He's Not Around

It's Been One Year Since My Grandfather Died And It's Still Hard To Believe He's Not Around

Reflecting on a year without him.


When I was born, my mom swore she heard him playing the harmonica in the hallway. Even though he had left his instrument at home, the thought of him standing by, waiting for me to come into the world was a sweet memory.

It's been a year since he passed away, and it's still hard to believe that he isn't around. My Bumpa, the guy who used to make us pancakes for breakfast whenever we visited, the man who taught me to fish, the person who gave the best hugs, was one of those people who you thought would live forever. He was old, but he had so much spirit.

He was possibly the sweetest man I've ever known. What other grandpa would let two little girls play hairdresser for hours, letting us give him munchkin ponytails while we sat on his shoulders?He took us on boat rides and let us drive around the lake. He made fires in the backyard so we could roast marshmallows. It was always exciting getting to visit him up in Maine. He showed me how to be patient and compassionate, even when it's difficult

.Bumpa was quite particular too. He loved "The Price Is Right" more than anything – he watched it so often that he basically knew all the prices of the products. He drank milk with every meal,even though it made him sneeze like crazy. He drank his coffee in the same mug, and read the paper in the same order every day, saving the comics for last because they were his favorite. He showed me that routines and organization are good.

He joined the military when he was young and didn't get to finish high school. They held an honorary graduation ceremony a few years ago for him and his classmates. We all went to celebrate him, and we cheered when he crossed the stage. He showed me perseverance and determination and sacrifice.

Bumpa was very musical. I would always catch him humming, whistling, or singing. He had a panpipe and bongos, but his favorite instrument was the harmonica. He was the best harmonica player I've ever heard. He loved to play, and I loved to listen. One year for my birthday, I got a harmonica just like him. He never got to teach me to play, but one day, I hope to learn.

It hurts to know that I never got to say goodbye. I had no idea the last time I saw you that it would be the last time. It's sad that I won't be able to see you when we visit Maine, that I don't get to stay in your house on the lake anymore. I have so many wonderful memories, but it hurts to know there won't be any more to make.

Even though I'll miss you, I know that I'll always remember your hugs, your boating hat, and the way you called me "dear." You were a wonderful grandpa, and I was lucky to have you in my life. Thank you to the best boat captain, veteran, harmonica player, and fisherman. Thank you for all the memories, Bumpa.

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To My Grandma, The Guardian Angel I Never Got To Meet

I never got to tell you this but I love you, Grandma...


Hey Grandma

I know I never got to meet you but Hi! I'm Your granddaughter. I've heard so much about you, I've been told countless stories and I can honestly say I love every single one of them. I've been told that I look like you, I have also seen the photos of you and I have to agree I am honestly your twin back when you were my age.

I'd like to give you a huge thank you for raising such an amazingly kind-hearted, hard-working and intelligent daughter who I am lucky enough to call my mother. I have learned so much from her. She has taught me how to be a kind to everyone who crosses our path because everyone is facing a battle that no one can see. I know you taught her that and so many other lifelong lessons.

I really wish I got the chance to get to know you, I would have loved to had heard the stories about my mom when she was young and the stories about my uncles as well… oh! I can only imagine how they were?! I know you would have given me the real stories on them all! Not only do I wish I got to hear the stories, but I wish I got to spend days doing the stuff little girls do with there grandmothers, the tea parties, the days baking and playing dress up and telling stories but most importantly I wish I got to hear your voice. I know you didn't choose to go and if you had the chance you would be here with us, but now we know we're safe because we really do have a guardian angel looking out for us.

Grandma even though I never got to meet you, I've been told so many stories about you I feel like I already know you. I can tell from the stories that we would have gotten along great and probably would have been the best of friends! So again Thank you for the amazing job you have done on your kids, they came out great and I think you would be proud of how well of a job they are doing with my cousins, siblings and I.

Love you, Grandma.

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