Tuesday, March 4, 2014
I had always known losing him would be hard, but never imagined this. Last Saturday I got a call that my paw paw had passed away. It was so unexpected. He had been sick with a really bad cough, went to the hospital to find out he had congestive heart failure. The meds were working, things were looking good & they were planning for him to return home--guess God had other plans because He called him home early Saturday morning. Thankfully my mom & Maw Maw were there to tell him goodbye.
My heart still aches & I'm not sure it will ever fully recover. You see, Paw wasn't a grandparent that only showed up during the holidays, nope, he was always there. Him & Maw Maw were at every event, every activity. My brother & I spent more weekends there than we probably did our own house. We spent every Sunday after church at their house & after lunch we'd go to the Stop & Shop to get ice cream. In college, I got a letter almost every week from them with a little money in it. He would build anything for me---all of my furniture for college, some pieces in my home now.
He was always so proud of us. When I got accepted to A&M, he immediately became the biggest Aggie fan & sported an Aggie Grandparent sign on his pick-up. He was so proud when I graduated & became a teacher. Even though I moved 4 hours away to Houston, they'd manage to call almost every week & listen to all my stories. And when I met Matt, he was the first to tell me that he loved him & he knew that I did too. He was so honored when I asked him if they minded if we were married on their 50th wedding anniversary, but I was the one who was honored. I'd always admired their relationship & always prayed I'd find a love like theirs (and I did). And he was there the day I brought Emma home from the hospital.
Today would have been his 75th birthday. I miss him. Lots of tears have been shed. I grieve for my mom, my maw maw, but mostly for my children. I'm so glad he was able to meet them & hold them & love on them, but I wish they could experience & know the Paw I knew. I know today will be one of the best birthdays he has ever had, so I won't cry because I know he is celebrating with his Maker. And I love the promise that I know one day when I'm called home he will be there waiting for me & welcoming me into those pearly gates. I seriously can't wait yall!
I swear I can still hear him singing At the Roll Call, Heaven's Jubilee, Amazing Grace & all those country classics. I don't want to lose that, so I keep singing them, it helps keep his memory alive.
Happy birthday, Paw. I wish I could hug your neck & eat Blue Bell Cookies & Cream with you tonight. Thank you for your endless lessons & never ending love. Your legacy is so sweet! I love you!