Yesterday was a bittersweet day for our family, as I welcomed exciting news about the health of both baby Charlotte and myself, my grandfather lost his battle with lung cancer. I originally wanted to share both the good and the sad in one post, but quickly realized my grandfather deserves the spotlight all to himself on this one. I’ll follow up later this week with more baby updates.
In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count.
It’s the life in your years. – Abraham Lincoln
At 90 years young, my grandfather certainly had plenty of years in his life to account for…
but more importantly, he had one hell of a life in those years.
He was the type of guy who made it a personal mission to dance with every daughter, daughter-in-law, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter at family weddings…including my own.
and the man responsible for a family that makes this big of a beach circle every summer on the Cape
and the only person I know who can make a Hawaiian shirt look that good
Although a devout Notre Dame fan, he is the guy who would fatefully put on his Florida State hat whenever he knew I was coming over. He had an uncanny ability of knowing exactly when you needed a hug and would frequently fall asleep watching the Red Sox games, only to wake up the second you tried to change the channel (I still haven’t completely figured out how he’d do that).
There are so many little things I find in common with my grandfather. I’m pretty sure he’s responsible for passing on a serious ice cream addiction gene to our entire family…as well as our daily banana at breakfast (a necessity, NOT an option). We both happen to have a stubborn streak that runs a mile long and enjoy our 5 o’clock cocktails surrounded by loved ones. It is all those little things that give me comfort now – knowing that even though he is gone, there will always be pieces of him with me.
More than anything, I’m happy to know that Heaven got a little happier yesterday as he’s finally dancing along to Frank Sinatra with my Nana again. Hope you have a close eye on us, you two. We’ll need you to keep us in line.