This is my Gramps :)
I love him!
He is 93, but acts like he's 25.
Full of life, full of goodness,
sometimes he's so silly
he's full of it.
He has lived the most amazing life
and we just found out a few weeks ago that
his beautiful life is coming to an end.
He has pancreatic cancer
and there is very little they can do for him.
He may only live a few weeks,
or a few months
but you can bet he will live fully right up
to the very last second...
that just how he is.
He has been a patriarch for many years
When I was 17 I got my patriarchal blessing from him,
which was priceless.
A few weeks ago, my 17 year old son Dallin
got his blessing from him,
even more priceless.
After hearing about his cancer
and limited time
I wanted to go sit with him for hours,
but I knew he was overwhelmed with visitors
who all felt the same way.
So I waited a few days
a tiny miracle happened.
Grandma had a dental emergency
and so Gramps came down to Lehi with her
to my brother-in-laws
dental office to get her taken care of
which is 2 blocks from my house.
And my sweet brother-in-law was
thoughtful enough to call me
and see if I wanted to come
visit with Gramps while he was waiting
So for an hour and a half
that dental office became
a holy place
and I had a
rare, sweet, never-will-forget
one on one time
to quietly visit with my grandpa.
Time stood still,
Duncan quietly played the entire time
(which is in itself a MIRACLE),
and me and Gramps sat knee to knee
and just talked.
I felt like the whole time I was just inhaling him
trying to burn into my heart the sound of his voice
and his beautiful face,
and his endearing sense of humor.
The spirit was so strong as we contemplated
together where he would be going soon
and who he would get to see.
And the peace that comes from having lived
a righteous, service-filled life
was so tangible that it lingered with me
for a very long time.
I love you Gramps!
It is an honor to be your granddaughter.