I am delighted to have Kim of Mama’s Monologues as my guest for Letters For You today.
Kim is here today with an endearing letter to her grandfather, a man she clearly admires and misses every single day.
It’s been over 6 years since we’ve said our goodbyes. Some days it feels like you were just here with me. Other days the pain is so fierce and so strong that it feels as though it’s been a lifetime since I have seen your face.
I miss your smile and your deep hearty laugh. I miss your confidence and your sureness.
I miss our talks and your advice. I miss your eagerness to hear the next tale from my heart.
I miss our rides on the Ferris wheel, being stuck at the top, overlooking the ocean. I miss feeding peanuts to the seagulls on the boardwalk. I miss being taught how to play Frogger on the Atari in your rec room.
I miss hearing about our family history, your war stories, and how you fell in love with Mom-Mom. I miss watching you do the Mummer’s strut.
I miss hearing you rant about the Phillies losing to the Mets, calling them bums, declaring you’ve given up on them, yet tuning in to the very next game routing them on.
I miss watching your eyes sparkle as you watched my first born play. I miss watching the love radiate from you in complete awe of him.
There are so many things that I miss about you, Pop-Pop.
But most of all, I miss that you are not here.
I wish you could have been there to see me walk down the aisle on my wedding day. I wish I could have danced with you that evening.
I wish you could be here to meet my youngest boys, and in a few months, hold the newest addition to our family.
I wish you could be here. To hold, to hug, to talk to, to share with, and to love.
But I know that in a special way, you are. You’re here watching us, guiding us, and smiling down on us.
So for now, I will celebrate. Celebrate the life you led, the love you gave, the joy you brought, and the legacy that will live on.
Pop-Pop, I love you, with all of my heart and soul. Thank you for being who you are and loving me for who I am.
I hope you are dancing with Mom-Mom up there. You will dance in my heart, forever.