My grandpa passed away Friday December 4th. He was 82. He slipped through the veil peacefully, surrounded by his children and grandchildren. In that sense, he died just how he lived – among those who loved him most.
He will be sorely missed.
I held the distinct honor of being his favorite oldest grandson. Something he continually reminded me of. It became an inside joke between the two of us, and was a small part of a bond tempered through time and experience that he and I shared. However, I can’t help but feel that I have entered a room that has been rearranged, with its centerpiece removed. It is unfamiliar, foreign, and empty.
But today I rest well, knowing that he does the same. The physical grief that engulfed his body has been eclipsed by that ethereal freedom and uninhibited joy that comes from shaking off the shackles of mortality. I can only hope that where he is, there are also peaks and meadows and quaking aspens and stands of evergreen pine. A sky that stretches on into eternity, wispy clouds straggling behind another sunset, deep and warm and inviting.
Rest in peace Boppa. And thank you. For your example, your storytelling, and most of all, your love.
I send you off with the words of Ed Abbey, that kindred spirit of us both:
“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets’ towers…where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you — beyond that next turning of the canyon walls.”
Until we meet again.
ArleighDecember 7, 2009
I’m sorry to hear 🙁
EdDecember 7, 2009
My condolences for your loss Adam.
bikerchickDecember 7, 2009
Deepest sympathies, Mike. You write with beautiful clarity and exquisite pain about your beloved Grandpa. I hope you will cloak yourselves in the many fond memories to ease your family’s pain.
Kathy SherwinDecember 7, 2009
That was just beautiful Adam. Brings back tears along with many memories of my parents passing. Today is moms 3 month mark and Dec 2 was dads 1 month mark. Hard times for us all but like you said in so many words that they have let go of their physical grief and are in a better place.
Justin ThomasDecember 7, 2009
As always, very well said. Loved the quote by Abbey. I too, love his wisdom.
rickyDecember 7, 2009
thanks for sharing, adam. our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Grizzly AdamDecember 7, 2009
Thanks everyone. Means a lot.
SkiMoabDecember 11, 2009
I feel your loss Adam. My own grandfather just passed on Wednesday morning. He was a source of great joy and wisdom in my life as I’m sure your grandpa was as well.