A Thank You To My Grandpa For The Dancing Lessons

A Thank You To My Grandpa For The Dancing Lessons

You taught me so much in our relatively short time together. I will forever be grateful for your love.
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Dear Poptart,

It's been four years now since we've laughed together, spent the mornings drinking hot tea, or Friday evenings dancing in your apartment living room. I miss you more than words can possibly describe.

The more I grow up, the more I realize all of the important things that you taught me from a young age. You taught me to stand up for myself, and to be happy with who I am. You gave me an appreciation for music--good music like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. You gave me a love for coffee (even though I wasn't supposed to have any), cooking, and old movies.

I sometimes come to see you and read you poetry. I hope you know how badly I wish you were here to see the young woman I've become. I wish you could have seen me perform my senior year of high school, seen me, graduate, heard the poetry I finally started sharing--you always said I was good at writing.

I hope you know how badly I've wanted to make you proud. I'm no longer the little girl that constantly left her lunchbox or clarinet at home, calling her grandpa to come bring it to her. Although sometimes I still am forgetful, I think I'm a tad more responsible and a lot of that is because of you.

I miss cooking spaghetti with you, helping out at Knights of Columbus breakfasts, drinking hot tea, going out to eat, watching movies, and dancing. I miss your stories most of all. I know we would all get frustrated hearing the same stories over and over again but what I would give up to hear one of those stories again.

I learned so much from your stories and because of them, I found you again a couple of years after your passing on an island in the middle of the ocean. I met a man who grew up with you and it reminded how small this world is and how close you are even though I don't see you anymore.

I hope you know how much I love you. You were my second parent for a long time and I will forever be grateful for the love and care you showed me for so long. Not everyone is lucky enough to grow up with their grandparents right there, and I can tell you they are missing out. I hope you're still dancing. I love you.

Love,

Your granddaughter

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To My Best Friend Who Taught Me What True Friendship Is, I Can't Thank You Enough

"To the person who will love you endlessly, love her with kindness and understanding."
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Dear Best Friend,

You have been a part of my life for quite some time now. You have seen my good, bad, and ugly sides and have stuck by my side through it all. I don't know if I could ever find the words to truly thank you for everything your friendship has given me, but I am definitely going to try.

Our lives have taken some twist and turn these past few years, but we have stayed strong through it all.

Thank you for judging me just the right amount.

Throughout our friendship, I have made some very questionable decisions. A lot of people would say "thanks for never judging me", but I feel like everyone needs a best friend who's going to tell them how it is; to tell them when they are about to make a bad decision or how to avoid something worse from happening. You have always told me how it is (even when I don't always want to hear it), but I know that I can come to you whenever I need someone to set me straight.

You're always down to do nothing with me.

I think that you are the one person that I can call up to hang out and do absolutely nothing with and have a good time. From the nights sitting in and playing card games to ordering Chinese food and watching an entire Netflix series while I dance around with the cat: I know that we could do anything, and nothing together and it would be fun.

But also, you're always down to get lit with me.

I swear one day we will be two old moms at a bar drinking vodka crans and laughing about the stupid shit our husbands and children do. You're always down to go out and have a good time. Even if everyone else we're with is miserable, we find a way to laugh at ourselves.

You are one of the few constant things in my life.

I've lost a lot of friends in my life, but you have stayed by my side through everything. I can't remember the last time we actually fought about anything, but even when we do we can't stay mad at each other for more than a day. I know we will be in each other's lives until we literally keel over.

I want you yo know that you're the strongest person I know.

You've dealt with things that not many people go through ever in their life. You have always been so mature, and you handle everything with grace. You inspire me every day with your goals and successes and I am so proud of you and all of your accomplishments.

Above all else, you deserve the world.

It's so easy to get caught up in your own mind and think that you deserve the things that happen to you, but please know that the only thing you deserve is happiness. Please settle for nothing short of that. It may take a bit to find your happiness, but I will be there every step of the way. You're a remarkable human being, and I want nothing but the best for you.

To the person who will hold your heart someday, please do not break it. To the person who may wrong you, you will regret it forever. To the person who will love you endlessly, love her with kindness and understanding.

You, my best friend, future bridesmaid, godmother of my children, the person to bail me out of jail, the one who lets me cry on their couch for twelve hours,

I love you.

I will cherish our friendship forever. Thank you for being you.

Love always,

Your best friend.

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To The Grandma Who Took Me In As Her Own

Thank you for everything.
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Thank you for all the time you put into me. I know I can be a handful, but you’ve never once complained. You’ve been my best friend through everything and I don’t know what will happen to me once you’re gone.

Thank you for taking me in when I didn’t have a place to go. For a year or two, I basically moved in. You gave me a place to sleep, food to eat and overall, treated me like I was your own. You raised all of your kids and never hesitated to raise me too. You were my only option at the time and I never took any of this for granted. You have made me a huge part of your everyday life. Don’t hesitate to come to me if you ever need anything. You’ll always have a huge place in my heart.

Throughout these last five years, you’ve become my biggest supporter. You always take me to my appointments even if you have to cancel one of yours. You check on me periodically if I have a “brave” day, that way I know I’m safe. If I can’t do something, you don’t make me feel bad about it, you say “maybe next time”. I know you don’t understand what I’m going through, neither do I, but thank you for always trying to motivate me.

Throughout these last five years, you also became my best friend. I know I can always cry, laugh, fight, anything because you’ll be there. If I get too weak to fight, I know you’ll fight for me. When I was little, I never imagined us getting as close as we are. We’ve spent so much time together just because I’m “sick” and that’s one of the ways I got lucky. If my anxiety never would’ve gotten worse, these last five years would’ve never happened. I’m so fortunate to have this time with you.

We have had some of the wildest moments, whether we’re on train tracks or just cruisin’ the ave. We never have a dull moment, that’s for sure! We constantly are talking about two opposite things and we don’t even realize it until the conversation is almost over. It’s insane how many times we’ve caught ourselves doing that. We are two morons, that aren’t capable of doing many things the right way. That’s what makes our bond that much more special.

From our late nights at the auction, our trips to the store (that take an hour more than what they should’ve), our trips to Thelma’s for game day or our normal midday naps, we have so many memories. I wish a lot of these were recorded so I could watch how stupid the two of us are when we’re together. At least you know you’ll never have to be alone if you don’t want to be. I’m always up for spending more time with you. I don’t think there could ever be a time where we’d have too much time together, we have too much fun!

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