09 July 2013

Losing Papa

Doug's grandpa died early this morning.
He was grandpa and father and friend. He was bedrock. It is hard knowing that this loss brings every other kind of shift away from all that could be counted on, a house that was home will be gone most likely, and all the history that it contains.
But memories, those will last if we're lucky.
The smell of caramel cake, and a deep throated laugh, the world's most horrendous teeth...
I will always remember our visit in March, he met our amazing Della, and I rubbed lotion into his hands. And I confess, I took longer than I needed to, imagining all those hands had touched.


It Is What It Is said...

Sending comforting thoughts up and out to all who knew and loved him.

tireegal68 said...

What an amazing and beautiful picture of three generations! I'm so sorry for this deep deep and multi layered loss. It sounds like the end of an era of sorts. But yes, memories, photos, stories, the next generation can all be a great help and a way of healing. He sounds like a wonderful papa. My love to you and condolences to you all. Big hugs!

Joannah said...

I'm so sorry! It's hard to lose the elder members of our families. I lost both of my grandmothers months before Michael passed. They are missed.


Carrie1074 said...

I am so sorry for your family's loss.