Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Goodbye, Grandaddy

I've been thinking a lot about this blog and my lack of posts in the last six months.  Yep, nothing since June, I know.  One of my goals in the coming year is to be more diligent about it.  I've even considered doing a Project 365 again.  I had several things I wanted to post about today, but a phone call from my Dad early this morning changed my plans.

Today, my maternal Grandfather, George Hanes, lost his battle with Parkinson's Disease.  At the age of 89, he decided he'd had enough of this life, and quietly moved on to the next, with my Grandmother sitting by his side.

We've known for months that it was only a matter of time.  My family spent several hours with my Grandparents on Christmas.  It was our day to say goodbye to him.  As sad as it is to lose him, we are all comforted by the knowledge that families are forever, and that we will get to see him again someday.  He was not a religious man; I don't know what he believed, if he did at all.  I hope his parents and all his buddies were there to greet him when he moved on to the next life.  What a joyous occasion, I'm sure!

So, Grandaddy, this post is for you.  We will miss you and your peanut eating, story telling, car inspecting, airplane loving, (slower than tar) gift opening, WWII Veteran snap-back hat wearing ways.  See you again someday.  Can't wait for the stories you'll have to tell then!

This was taken on Sept. 25, 2011, his 89th Birthday