I'm going to miss Grandpa. As an adult we weren't very close but as a child we shared some special moments together. When he and grandma lived in the house on Western, my sister Nettie and I would stay with them when my mom went to work. They were very caring towards us whenever we were there. When we eventually moved to other States, he and grandma would come and visit us often.. He even came out to Hawaii with his mother to visit us when my step-father was sent off to fight in Desert Storm. At that visit he took me to a college football game and it was just the two of us. We had a lot of fun at that day as it was the first time I've ever been to a football game. Whenever he stayed with us he would always fix something up or repair something in the house. It seemed that was his way of taking care of us. ,
Perhaps my favorite memory with grandpa was when he let me drive the van for about one hour when we were going from AZ to CA for a wedding. I was only 14 years old but Grandpa had all the confidence in my abilities and let me drive. It was so funny when we arrived at the state border and the agent asked us if we were bringing in any fruit. The agent had such a surprised look on his face to see a 14 year old kid driving but he let us through anyway.
I respected his appetite to learn new things as he was always reading something -even in his old age. He had a great sense of humor as well. At my wedding I had several people come up to me and tell me how funny my Grandfather was. One time I remember Grandma was mad at him and started yelling but he just turned off his hearing aid so he didn't have to listen. I know that's not the best way to work things out with your wife during an argument but it was kinda funny at the time.
I'll miss you Grandpa. I wish I could have seen you one more time to tell you how thankful I am to have had you in my life and I love you. Thanks for the memories and I hope that one day I see you again.