For The Grandpa Who's No Longer On Earth With Us

For The Grandpa Who's No Longer On Earth With Us

I know you're in a much better place than here on Earth, but I still miss you.


Everyone in this world has experienced a loss. Whether it be the loss of a loved one, the loss of a pet, or even just the loss of some object, each person on Earth has become familiar with the feeling of loss.

A little over a year ago, my grandpa experienced a sudden and very unexpected stroke. My parents waited a few days to tell me because it happened just before my varsity rowing senior night and my senior prom, and they knew that he would want me to be able to enjoy those things without worrying about everything else. I remember the day my mom told me and the emotions that followed, and even writing this article a year later, tears still prick my eyes and my throat seems to close a little.

The week that followed was tough between trying to balance the final weeks of my senior year of high school and spending time and being there for my family that was 11 hours from the home that we lived in. I was lucky to have teachers who understood and helped me through that time. However, there are things that I wish I could've said to my grandpa before he left his home here on Earth.

Thank you.

Thank you for always loving and supporting me, no matter what my dreams were or how many times they changed. Thank you for loving your family and raising your children to be good parents. You were an encouragement in my life, and I will never be able to repay you for supporting me through every situation I could've ever been in. Our family misses you, but each and every one of us is thankful for your unconditional love throughout each and every day of our lives.

You not only did great things for our family, but you were always sure to give back to your community.

You not only cared about us, but those around you who were not as fortunate as you, and I will always aspire to be more like you in that aspect.

It is truly an honor to have you as a part of my family, and we will forever be thankful for the legacy that you left us. Thank you for loving and supporting our family and we are so proud of all that you have done for us. You are truly someone we can look up to.

I later found out in a letter that my great aunt wrote to me that she had spoken to him shortly before his passing.

She told me that he had told her how proud he was of me, how proud he was that I was about to start my freshman year of college and how proud he was that I was graduating from a challenging private school.

She told me that he wanted to come to my graduation, which was something that meant a lot to me because he did not travel anymore.

She said he had every intention of coming to my graduation and watching me walk across the stage and receive my diploma.

Grandpa, I love you and miss you.

It's been a long, tough year, but I know you will forever be proud of me and our family. Thank you for showing me what it means to be a good person and for supporting me. Thank you for being the person that I look up to. I love you.

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A Letter To High School Seniors On Graduation Day

The rest of your life begins today.

Dear High School Senior,

Today's the day you've been waiting for your whole life. You'll wake up a little earlier than usual, brush your teeth and go downstairs for your last breakfast as a high school student. Your mom will look at you with tears running down her cheeks wondering how her baby grew up so quickly. Your friends will be texting your group message non-stop with words of disbelief, wondering where the time went. You guys made it to the day you've been counting down to all year long.

You'll start to reminisce on things like your first pep rally and the dorky outfits you wore freshman year. You'll laugh at things your old teachers did and remember the ones who left to teach somewhere else. You'll wonder how the guys in your grade actually managed to grow up and laugh at how young you all looked when you had just begun. You'll remember all of the football games you attended and consider how strange it will be seeing other people wearing your guy friends' numbers when the Thanksgiving game rolls around. You'll drive by the soccer field and think of all the blood, sweat and tears you gave to it over your high school career.

You'll recall your first real kiss and joke about how upset you were when the first boy broke your heart. It'll feel like yesterday when you walk through those doors for the final time and look around at all of the empty lockers. You'll gather with your classmates together in the same place for the last time and think about how you're all going to be in different places next year. You'll be excited but nervous because in a few hours, life as you know it will change.

So before you sit down to hear the Valedictorian's speech and walk the stage to receive your diploma, make sure you take the time to appreciate the memories you made in those halls. Thank your teachers, even the difficult ones, because when you're sitting down in your first college class, you'll feel grateful for the work they made you do. Thank your parents for supporting you. It's not easy raising a teenager, but they did not give up on you regardless of how brutal puberty was.

Thank your friends. They're the ones that got you through your first heartbreak and made sure that you were going to be okay. They listened to your complaints after a big fight with your mom, even if they thought you were wrong. They forgave you when you were wrong and understood your bad days. They stood up for you when you got yourself in a bad situation. They brought you coffee when you didn't have time to get it yourself. They took you home when you couldn't make it there alone. They celebrated your good news and helped you through the bad. They made you laugh uncontrollably and created memories that you'll hold on to forever. They made you who you are today.

After you receive your diploma and throw your cap in the air, make the most of the time you have left with your high school friends before you all head off to college. You only have a few months before you're sitting in a dorm room surrounded by unfamiliar faces. Work, but don't forget that memories last longer than money. Go to the beach, take lots of pictures, go out on Friday nights and enjoy the days that summer has to give. Trust me, college will be awesome, but you'll never be the same person that you are today.


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Poetry On Odyssey: A Poem For Grandma

To my wonderful best friend to kick off our summer together!









All the glorious roles you have held in life.

Always wearing a smile with lipstick covered lips.

With your blonde short hair.

And glasses covered eyes of blue.

All the wonderful characteristics that make up you.





Just casually cruising through this thing called life, with the best sidekick by your side.

The best of friends is what we are.

I love you so much even though you love me more!

Simply because you're the big to my little.

We have inside jokes,



And more.

Adventures after adventures.

That is how we roll.

I love you tremendously Nana and I am blessed that God decided to make us family!

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