Saying Goodbye

Early Sunday morning, my 93-year-old grandfather passed away.

It’s funny how I’ve thought about things today that I haven’t thought about in years. My brother reminded me of the “spinny things” that he showed us one Christmas. I found a picture of us, scanned it, and sent it to Dennis to use for his own blog post.

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Paw-Paw always had that pipe in his mouth. I can almost smell his tobacco right now. I don’t remember when he quit smoking. I’m sure he did it under duress. 😀 There have been a few times in my adult life when I smelled that tobacco, and thought of him.

He loved to tell stories about his life. He would talk and then laugh a rich, cackling guffaw. I’m not sure “cackling” is the best word for it, because that word usually has a negative connotation. His laughs were hearty, even when he was the only one who got the joke.

For a long period of time, he was on a medication that cause his speech to be almost unintelligible. Almost. The words that we could always understand were the curse words. He liked those a lot. As kids, my siblings, cousins, and I thought that was pretty hilarious.

Not long after I got married, my husband and I spent a day with my grandparents. We hadn’t intended the visit to turn into an all-day event and dinner out, but it did. I don’t recall hearing my grandfather talk for so long about so many subjects. It was a wonderful visit.

Rest in peace, Paw-Paw. Go in Love, knowing you are loved.

32 comments on… “Saying Goodbye”

  1. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss, but I am happy to hear it sounds like he had a great life. Thoughts and prayers your way!

    • Diana Beebe

      He really did have a long and wonderful life. Thank you, Nicole.

  2. Lovely tribute! My son called my father PawPaw. And years ago when I was growing up, he smoked a pipe. 🙂
    You’ve made me think of him today and my growing up years with him.
    Thank you. 🙂

    • Diana Beebe

      I’m so glad to share similar memories with you today, Joy. 😀 HUGS!

  3. Mary Jo

    This is a very sweet remembrance, Diana. It’s so good to remember the good in our loved ones’ lives! It celebrates who they really are.

    • Diana Beebe

      What a sweet thing to say, Pauline! I hope people can understand my stories more than his though. 😀

  4. Is it wrong to not feel so much sorrow for your loss as joy for the rich memories you were given through your life knowing your Paw-Paw, Diana? I know you’ll miss him, but you have so much love to remember.

    • Diana Beebe

      My family had a great time remembering him and celebrating his life. We laughed often! So grateful for all the love. Thanks for your kind thoughts, Eden.

      Also, I accidentally hit the hide the commentLuv link on your comment. The new WP on the mobile just isn’t as friendly. Sigh. Sorry about that!

  5. What a sweet tribute post to your Paw Paw. He sounds like a real character and you have some lovely memories of him. Thank you for sharing them with us. I’m sending prayers and hugs your way. Peace to you, friend.

    • Diana Beebe

      Oh, he was a character! We all laughed at some of the stories we remembered–most of them are not publishable. LOL. He was also very sweet.

      Thank you, Jess!

  6. I’m so sorry for your loss, but it sounds like he had a long, full life, and I guess that’s all any of us can hope for. This was a beautiful post – thanks for sharing.

    • Diana Beebe

      Thanks, Heidi. Well said: “…that’s all any of us can hope for.” That is so true!

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