My grandpa passed away yesterday. It's hard to be away when something like this happens, especially when it's someone so important to me. But I talked to my grandpa just a few days ago, telling him how much I love him and I'm thinking of him and asked my aunt to give him a kiss for me. Hopefully, that gave him some comfort and let him know how much I love him even from the other side of the world. Since I can't be in Idaho to say good-bye, I have to find a different way to honor my grandpa. So here is a tribute to Leonard Grimes and everything I love about him.
My grandpa was the hardest working man I know. Even at 90 years old he was still mowing his own lawn, raking leaves in the fall, and wiring the tree in his yard to shock the squirrels that ventured toward the bird feeder. My grandpa wasn't a big talker, but when we did have a chat, the common topics included how much he loved my grandma and what a good woman she was, the good life he'd lived with no regrets, and his words of wisdom, such as, "Now don't go getting in any damn trouble, you hear?" My grandpa was a World War II veteran, who earned many medals including the purple heart. He was a hero to many, and I'm very proud that Leonard Grimes was my grandpa.
Grandpa, I love you very much and I pray you are holding your beautiful bride again. Thank you for being such a good grandpa and showing so much love to your family. You are always in my heart.