**My grandpa with Cory when he was four months old.**
My Grandpa, my Dad’s father, is one of the wisest men I ever knew. Not only was he wise, but he was gentle and tender.
He was humble and kind. He would give a stranger the shirt off his back.
He was a champion of optimism and hope. He understood what it truly meant to be Christlike.
I am going to miss him dearly. He was supposed to meet Eli in December. He was supposed to stand in the circle for Eli’s baby blessing. After all, Eli’s middle name was given to him so he could continue on the legacy of my Grandpa and my father … and thankfully my father is still with us.
I am grateful that I was able to grow up with my grandfather always around.
I remember going to UCLA Basketball games with him. He always brought a bag of Nestle Chocolate Chips for us to snack on. I remember getting together with him for all the major holidays and other special occasions. His hamburgers and punch were always a hit. I remember seeing old slides of him and wondering who in the world was that man who had black hair who looked like Grandpa? It was fun to see pictures of him when he was younger.
I remember him singing songs to me when I was little. I remember his unique sense of humor, quiet yet witty. I remember him trying to cheer me up when I was sad. I remember him sharing his testimony of Christ with me.
And I will always remember the last conversation I had with him. He called me right after Eli was born to let me know he was honored that I had named our precious son after him. He told me how excited he was to meet him. He told me he wanted to be a part of his blessing circle. I know he will be with us in spirit.
I am grateful that he won’t be suffering in this world anymore. I am grateful he is in a better place now. I just want to live my life well enough so that one day I can be with him again.
We will be an eternal family.
My tears right now are sad tears because I am going to miss him.
But they are also happy tears because I know he isn’t in pain anymore.
They are also tears of gratitude, because I am thankful for the amazing and remarkable life he led. He was a shining example to me, one of my beacons, one of my anchors. He will always be these things for me.
Grandpa, I will never forget you.
I love you!