This is a very special and heartfelt post for me. Today will always be a day that I hold very near and dear to my heart! This would have been my beloved Grandfather’s 82nd birthday. My amazing and strong Grandfather was taken from this world on September 9, 2013 after he lost his fight with cancer. I will never forget the phone call I received from my Uncle notifying me that my Grandfather had moved onto the next world. This was the most traumatizing and horrific phone calls I have ever had. I thought that nothing would ever take my sweet Grandfather from me.
I always called my Grandfather Poppy. I cannot remember where it came from, but it stuck. I was the first-born Grandchild, so all the other Grandchildren also called him Poppy. Poppy always offered a positive view on anything and everything. When I told him that I had been diagnosed with MS, he told me to never allow it to get me down because I was stronger than that. He always assured me that I could fight this disease and that I could win because of who I am, his strong Granddaughter.
Poppy has been gone from this world for almost 5 years, but I still feel his presence with me everyday. I believe that he is always watching over me and keeping me as safe as possible. He really was a remarkable man and I can only hope that I am making him proud now. I fight this illness with courage and hope for better times. Like him, I think I have a very kind and understanding heart. I have a desire to help others that are in need and encourage them as well. I believe that I get my positive and passionate personality from him. He had never met a stranger in his life, but embraced everyone with nothing but kindness and non-judgmental thoughts! I will always do my best to live by this same standard.
I do not only think of my Poppy on his birthday, but he is in my mind and heart every day of my life! I feel so proud and honored that I had him as a role model in my life because I do feel like that has made me a better person. I saw how he loved his family and treated everyone around him with nothing but respect. He was the type of man who did not know hate or see people for the color of their skin or their choice of religion, but for the person they were on the inside. I learned through this truly exceptional man the true meaning of respect, love, values, honesty and how you should treat others.
As y’all can clearly see I held my Grandfather up on a pedestal. I will always treasure every moment I spent with him whether it was on the phone or in person because all of these times were a blessing that I will never forget. As I write this, I cry tears of a mixture of sadness that I am not able to carry on a conversation with him any longer but also joy that I was fortunate enough to have this man in my life. When I close my eyes I can still hear his very unique loving voice and see his beautiful face.
In my heart I do truly believe that I will see my Poppy again someday. I have always believed that we will be reunited with our loved ones again when we make it to the pearly gates of Heaven. Until the day I see him again, I will do my best to live my life the way that would make him proud of me.
Thank y’all for visiting my site today and joining me to wish my Poppy a very Happy Birthday in Heaven. Throughout his life he was a pro-golfer, so I hope on this day he is playing golf on the best course available in Heaven!