“Sapphire”

Grandpa, …, passed away on Monday, June 18, 2012. . Born in …Grandpa lived in … for many years before moving to …7 years ago. He worked as a lineman and foreman for PSE&G for many years prior to his retirement. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army during WWII and the Korean War and lifetime member of the American Legion. Beloved husband of 60 years to Grandma. Devoted father to…and his wife … and … and his wife …. Cherished grandfather to 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He was also survived by many loving nieces,nephews and friends.

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The above is a snapshot of my Grandfather’s obituary.  I removed the names and locations, because really – they don’t matter.  He was a kind and gentle man, loved by everyone.  Classy, and wise – funny, and easy to talk to.

My daughter proved to me again this week, that although we have Cowden’s Syndrome, it does not have us.  It does not define who we are.

She is 8, turning 9 in a few short months.  This was her first funeral.  She went to the funeral parlor with me, alone.  And then to the funeral with our family.  She acted as one of the honorary pallbearers.  She cried, she smiled, she focused, she hugged all the right people at all the right times.  She got through the service, and hours into lunch before we handed over her Itouch – she never even asked.

My Grandfather called her “Sapphire.”  He knew she was special.  He made sure she had a sapphire necklace.  Her eyes lit up whenever they were together.  He will be sorely missed by all of us.

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Once again – I am reminded of how precious life is.  And once again, I am humbled and proud to be her mother.

 

 

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