Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A life well lived

My post for yesterday was pre-scheduled, so this is a day late. But I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to honor my grandfather who passed away at 97 on Monday. (I can only hope to live that long with no major health issues.)

No matter how Paw Paw was feeling, sick or not, he was “Thankful.” And I am thankful to have been his granddaughter. 

I have so many wonderful memories of him: playing War (the card game – totally NOT a tom boy), playing dominoes, playing with his old timey counting machine (which up until probably 2 years ago I thought was a cash register. As an aside, Paw Paw had owned a grocery store at one time, which might explain why I love small gourmet specialty food stores. Clearly, it is genetic.)  Paw Paw always time to actually be with us in the moment.

While I am sad for us here on earth, I know, without a doubt, that Paw Paw is happy in heaven.

And while I always think it is ridiculous when people post messages to their children on FB about how much they love them and how lucky they are to be their mom (assuming their child is an infant and too young to read), I have to say, Paw Paw, you will be missed.

23 comments:

  1. He looked like a sweet man. Thinking of you.

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  2. I'm sorry for your loss. He sounds like an amazing man. My prayers are with you and your family. xoxo

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  3. SO sorry to hear about your Paw Paw. He seemed like a wonderful man and that his life was a life well lived. Thinking of you!!

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  4. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your grandfather. The title of this post sounds very fitting for a great man. Sending love.

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  5. Your paw paw seems like such a great man. I'm sure he's in a better place now :)

    <3 Belly B

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  6. Thinking of you sweet friend!

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  7. :( I'm so sorry Katie! He sounded like a wonderful grandpa!

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  8. Your Paw Paw was so cute! It's great you have so many wonderful memories with him. Thinking of you.

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  9. Wow...97! You had a lot of great years enjoying his company :)

    xx Cat brideblu

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  10. So very sorry to hear about your Paw Paw. I have a Grandmother who is 94 and we are certainly cherishing each day. Looks like your family had some great memories with your Paw Paw.

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  11. I was so sorry to hear the news from Allison! Praying for your entire family! Hope you all have a safe trip if you are going with Allison!

    He sounds like an amazing man!

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  12. I am so sorry about Paw Paw, KT. How wonderful to have such amazing and fun memories! I will be thinking of you and your family.

    Room 15 holla-
    jane

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  13. Hi, Katie,
    Your post today made me cry because it is so sweet and true!! You and Allison were lucky to spend so much time with Paw Paw, and he always said you were "faithful" because you called him often! We will miss him immensely, but we know he is very happy in heaven - with Mimi, your dad, and, of course, our Lord and Savior!! I love you!! Have a safe trip.
    Love, Aunt Angie

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  14. aw, I'm sorry for your loss Katie. 97 though! What a full life to celebrate!

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  15. He seems like such a sweet man. Praying for your family. It sounds like he had a wonderful and happy, long life!

    {and I totally feel you on the fb messages to children/infants who can't even read...much less browse the internet...what is that about?!?} :)

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  16. Sorry to hear about your loss. Your Paw Paw looked like a lotta fun! Glad you have some great memories and great pictures to remember him by.

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  17. So sorry! I'll be praying for you and your family. He sounds like a wonderful man.

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  18. I'm so happy to have met your Paw Paw, such a sweet man! I will be thinking of you and your family. Glad you will have such wonderful memories :)

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  19. Sorry to hear about your paw paw! I just love the pics you have with him and am glad you have such great memories with him!

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  20. I'm sorry for your loss Katie. I know that no matter what the age, it is still hard to lose someone you love. I still had to smile at that first picture though, beads and a mimosa at 97! so fun!

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  21. OMG, i'm so sorry! I send my prayer to you and your family. :)

    :)
    Carrie
    http://readmylifeascarrie.blogspot.com/

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  22. I'm sorry Katie to hear of the loss of your Grandpa. How fortunate to enjoy him into your adulthood. He looked like a gentle spirit in his photos. My Grandmother lived to be 93 and I still miss her. I'm sure Megan has many fond memories of her as well. Sending a Hug your way.
    Ramona

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  23. I am so sorry to hear about your Paw paw. I love you Southern girls. When we go back west I want to adopt the terms Paw Paw and Meemaw. Grandma and Grandpa seem so boring now. He lived a long life.

    I love all your flowers. Could you come arrange some for my house? It sounds like you have a beautiful yard full of flowers. we need pictures.

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