A few of my very special and favorite memories of my grandpa include the following:
1) When I was in high school I spent a few days in De Soto with just me and grandpa. I was worried we wouldn’t have enough to talk about or fill our time together but I was so surprised to see how he had a full itinerary for my visit including showing me the ropes with his meals on wheels volunteer work, going to a movie together, eating out together and enjoying some of his favorite shows and card games. It was really nice to have time for just the two of us.
2) When I stayed in Plano with Aunt Kathy for my PT clinical with Baylor Day Neuro, I went to go visit Grandpa to celebrate mass with him and when I met him in the chapel at St. Joseph’s, all of his friends asked who I was and he introduced me as his “friend” since his aphasia prevented him from being able to express that I was his grand daughter. I knew what he meant but it was really cool and special to also be regarded as grandpa’s friend and so sweet to see how proud and joy filled he was to introduce me to all of his friends at church.
3) When I had just found out I was expecting my daughter Kirbie ( I was about 8 weeks along), I was in Granbury visiting a close friend for her birthday and decided to go share the news with Grandpa since I was a close drive from Coppell. It was such a neat moment to share the exciting news that I would be a mother soon. I loved the look of pure joy on grandpa’s face when he learned the news that Otto and I were expecting. This was truly special since many of my loved ones were told over the phone but with Grandpa I got to see his full expression and even though he couldn’t voice it, I know he was very happy to gain another great grandchild.