A prayer for my grandfather please?

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by ChooksChick, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    7,735
    94
    321
    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    My grandfather was my champion. In the two weeks they visited us each year in our nasty section 8 duplex, crowded with second-hand furniture, he would sit and patiently coach me at chess for hours. He would bring me college textbooks on astronomy and physics from the classes he taught and have conversations with me about wormholes and quantum physics for hours. He fostered the thought processes of a hyper ADD girl, rather than looking down on my for being a spaz.

    He sent me magazines with logic problems and told me it was okay to like math even though I was a girl. He taught me the way that adults were frustrated with my hyperactivity and inquisitive mind weren't the only thing I should consider when forming my self-esteem: he gave me license to be different and still be okay with 'me.'

    He was my advocate when my father was a mean drunk, and he stuck up for me, even from Wisconsin. He made me feel like I mattered at the most crucial times.

    He passed away moments ago, now free from the shell that lost its lucidity a decade ago. The Alzheimer's and cancer are gone and he's once again Bill Bates, brilliant, caring, hilarious man. He's on the other side, and I'd love some prayers to be spoken or unspoken for him as he makes the transition.

    Thank you all!
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    28,907
    113
    408
    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I am so sorry for your loss. [​IMG]

    May your grandfather now find peace and be whole again. [​IMG]
     
  3. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    7,735
    94
    321
    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    Quote:Thanks so much!
     
  4. turney31

    turney31 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2008
    palestine texas
    [​IMG] and prayers!
     
  5. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

    4,445
    13
    213
    Jan 8, 2011
    Tampa Area, Florida
    Consider it done. [​IMG] My grandfather was my hero too.
     
  6. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    4,497
    14
    246
    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    I am so sorry for your loss, and may you celebrate his life to help ease the pain of his passing
     
  7. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    7,735
    94
    321
    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    Quote:Thank you. I thought it wouldn't be so hard because he's slipped away so far over the last several years. It's really just not any easier, though.

    The loss of those who shaped us into who we are as adults is brutal, regardless of how recently our most meaningful interaction with them took place. It's really quite acute despite the years.

    I soooo need the hugs! And I appreciate the prayers!
     
  8. tntblake

    tntblake Chillin' With My Peeps

    369
    0
    99
    May 31, 2010
    Wichita, Kansas
    I'm so sorry Renee. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. [​IMG]
     
  9. Spookwriter

    Spookwriter Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    4,421
    199
    271
    Feb 23, 2010
    Ohio
    I wish I could have known my own grandfathers longer.

    I will remember you in my prayers this night.


    Spook
     
  10. nuchickontheblock

    nuchickontheblock Chillin' With My Peeps

    652
    6
    133
    May 16, 2010
    south portland, maine
    I'm sorry for your loss. Continue to cherish the part of his spirit that is within you.
    Prayers for him and for you and your family.
    Paula
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by