When I lost my dad… June 4, 2017… I had no idea I was about to lose my grandfather also.
I was still grieving the loss of my father, and then July 29, 2017 … my grandfather died!! So was a double whammy…
It brought me to my knees.
I lost my grandmother 2 years later on June 17, 2019 – right before my surgery.
I still miss them… it hurts to not have them here still… I needed them still … but…
I have incredible memories ❤️ I try to sink into those and carry those…
It’s a little weird to look at photos and know most are gone. Like this one…
Only me and my mom are left from that photo. That’s a little weird. I always actually knew I would lose them and one day they would die… I just didn’t think was going to be sudden and a lot at once!! It’s like looking at ghosts.
But I do have amazing memories … since it is the death anniversary for my grandfather – this will be my memories of him
I was his angel… his princess ❤️ I was the first grandchild for him… oh did he love me ❤️
I get part of my spirit from him… the funny is from my mom… he was the prankster, he had a fun spirit – I was his right hand with those lol ❤️😄
When he would go to bed at night, he would read for awhile to fall asleep… I used to sneak in very quietly – never noticed … I would tickle his feet, giggle and run – he would jump outta bed and chase me lol ❤️
Every time I visited … he had a roll top desk in his bedroom … it would be FULL of 3 musketeers, milky ways, and peppermint patties ❤️ I would stuff my face – and he would let me … my grandmother used to get mad cause it spoiled my dinner … but he would allow it ❤️
We would also sit on the porch with the police scanner – and we would listen to the excitement, while having bowls of ice cream with jimmies ❤️ always with jimmies ❤️
That’s my big bird btw lol.. I still have it ❤️ … it hasn’t looked like big bird in a long time 😄 it came everywhere with me. They used to tease me that it looked like a magicians chicken 😄😄 but I still loved big bird ❤️ my grandfather gave me that.
They came on vacations with us at the beginning of summer… was always beach vacations – down to Sanibel, or once to Homosassa.
I once fell off a pier 😮 Oh my god! They all jumped in after me. Fully clothed and all, right away… I could see their fear and panic… I was maybe 4? I remember that.
My grandfather is holding me and going to put me in the frog raft… my uncle was playing shark and grabbing my legs lol … so I am watching him lol
One day, we were at the beach, and he was showing me how to feed the seagulls…
I tried it too ❤️ … then we went to have lunch and had hotdogs on the BBQ… one of those seagulls came down and took a whole hot dog 😄😄❤️ it was funny
He used to think he was hot shit cause he had a boat lol… that’s not his boat … he had more of a speed boat… he used to let me drive it even at 3!!
I used to floor it to top speed and then cut the wheel 😄❤️ the whole boat would go up on its side – and I would squeal with delight … I think he just liked my squeals and knew he gave them to me. ❤️
He got me to love frogs … and we would build them little habitats ❤️ … sometimes we would pop up at the kitchen window with a frog just to hear my mom and grandmother scream lol – we both loved that lol
He used to take me around his town and prance me around, this is my granddaughter he would tell everyone…
And one time a cute Italian boy in the neighborhood came around when I was visiting lol… he didn’t like that much and used to kinda usher me inside lol 😄😄
I loved going to their house, my dad couldn’t even put the car in park before I was jump out to run to them!
His parents were from Ireland 🇮🇪… they came here around 1925. He was very irish, extremely irish… sang irish songs, told me irish sayings – sang stuff to me all the time.
He would never call me Trisha … ever … to him I always be his little Patty 😘❤️
So may he Rest In Peace and he has left me with his words, his love and incredible memories ❤️ I love you Grandaddy – I’m lucky I had you ☘️
That’s my last photo of him ❤️
And because he was so irish… and it was always a thing…
So in his memory, let me also post this cause he was also very funny ❤️✌️🇮🇪❤️ makes me giggle to remember how funny and full of life he was