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Sometimes I feel so fortunate have this blog. It can be extremely therapeutic to journal your thoughts and feelings. Today most especially. This morning, just after the clock turned midnight, my Grandfather passed away Thursday February 4, 2010 at The Village in Gainesville. He was 90 years old. I was fortunate enough to have been able to visit him Tuesday to say goodbye. For now anyways.

I know it is cliche, but I am going to say it anyway. My Granddad was the best granddad anyone could have. He was a kind, soft spoken man who was always overjoyed to see me, and had a sweet way of making me giggle. One of my fondest memories of him was when my parents and brother would visit him and Granny at their home for dinner. He would be grilling steaks and sipping Wild Turkey (bourbon) on ice. We would all sit down for dinner and after the blessing he would ask me to pass the mayonnaise. He just loved mayo on a fresh tomato, as we all do in my family. So, while I handed it to him he would always say “make ya fat!”  I am not sure if he was giving me a lesson or just stating the facts, but it always made me laugh. This story is probably a family inside joke kind-of-a-thing, but it’s my memory and it makes me smile.

I have never been one for expressing myself in words which might be one reason I am drawn to photography. The photos below were taken this past August when I took the kids to visit, and I knew then that they just might be the last.  It is images like these that remind me why I love photography. We had such a nice time with him that day. These photos will be forever dear to my heart. I love you and will miss you dearly, Granddad. God bless you.

Me and Granddad in April 1978.

Arrangements are entrusted to Milam Funeral Home in Gainesville, FL. Memorial contributions may be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville FL, 32606 or Southwest United Methodist Church, 2400 SW Williston Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608 or a charity of your choice.


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