I didn't realize how much I would miss you. Now that you are gone things seem so different, so transient. You have always been there. You were constant. I kept saying that "death is part of life." that you had lived your time, but I imagine that since I have not been much acquainted with death that your death was a little shocking.
The other night I was unable to sleep. I was thinking about all the things I never got to ask you. I wish I would have just taken the time to ask you to tell me your life story. What an interesting one that would have been! Just the bits and pieces I know reveal a fascinating man. I will not be sad about what I should have asked you, instead I'll be glad that I knew you. Strong and constant... I always thought of you as the "rock" of the family.
I always loved hearing how you & Granny met and then were married less than a week later. It seemed so perfect. When I was 11 I remember we all celebrated your 50th wedding anniversary together, and I feel so privileged that I was also able to share your 65th with you. You & Granny showed me that love can last a lifetime (literally!), and even though it takes work, that it is worth the work. I am glad I was able to witness your love for each other even at the end.
I remember spending summers with you & Granny in St. Maries. The walks we used to take. The treasure hunts. The stories. The art gallery. Then in my teens, I remember teaching you & Granny how to use the computer, get on the internet, and use email... and when you told me about the books you wrote when you were in your 20's (which I would still love to read!).
My life is better because you were a part of it. Thank you so much for all that you did for me.
Nikky a.k.a Perpetual Motion (or P.M. for short)