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My mother's father died today.

We knew it was coming, but we didn't know it would be now. He'd been in the hospital last week, came home on Monday. He was weak. He was 84 years old. My mother had planned to go to Texas on Saturday, spend a week there, spend some time with him. She's going to keep the same timetable, but now my father's going too.

He was in the car, on his way to a dialysis appointment, around midday. Grandma was there, and my Aunt Lois. He passed out, and he was gone before they reached the hospital. There had been an ambulance scheduled to take him to the appointment, but it ran late. It was only because of that that he was able to have two wishes granted- he was not alone when he died, and he never set foot in the hospital again.

I went to my parents' house after work. I usually go there on Thursdays to take a walk with my mom. I'd forgotten that she had a hair appointment and wouldn't be there. She was at the appointment, and so I found out before she did. Her sisters and my dad had tried to reach her, but her cell phone was turned off all day. Erica forgot about the appointment too. So we were all there and together this evening. I'm glad for that.

As a young man, during World War II, my grandfather was with the Merchant Marine on the maiden voyage of the Liberty Ship John W. Brown. I believe that there are only two Liberty Ships remaining, and that is one of them. I've been there.

My grandfather sang funny songs. "No beer today, no beer today". He raised seven daughters and a son, all of whom have children. (I'm the oldest of the grandkids.) He taught me the importance of "wine o'clock". He took lovely photographs. On a family vacation to the Outer Banks, he let us tear apart his swim trunks for the tail of a kite.

They are saying that there will probably be a service on Monday or Tuesday. I am going to try to get to Texas for that, probably Sunday or Monday. Please keep my family in your thoughts. And your prayers, if you have them.

Goodbye Grandpa. Thank you.
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From:dv8dragonfly
Date:May 4th, 2007 01:39 am (UTC)
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Sending you and your family lots of love and sympathy.
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From:khakipants
Date:May 4th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
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Thank you.
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From:mightcould
Date:May 4th, 2007 01:56 am (UTC)
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:hugs: to you and the family
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From:khakipants
Date:May 4th, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC)
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Thank you. I'll take all the hugs I can get.
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From:sleepyrecords
Date:May 4th, 2007 01:59 am (UTC)
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Oh, Joanna. I'm so sorry. Sending lots of love your way...
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From:khakipants
Date:May 4th, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC)
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Thank you. It's always good to know there's love.
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From:misfidget
Date:May 4th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
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*more hugs* He sounds like an excellent grandfather.
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From:khakipants
Date:May 4th, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
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He was great and I'm glad I got to know him for as long as I did. Thank you.
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From:butnotdavid
Date:May 4th, 2007 04:09 am (UTC)
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lots of love and hugs and prayers.
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From:khakipants
Date:May 4th, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
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Thank you. I greatly appreciate all three.
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From:elf_owl
Date:May 4th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
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I'm glad his two wishes came true. And I'm glad for him helping to make you you.

::love::
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From:khakipants
Date:May 4th, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC)
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I, too, am very grateful to him for that. Thank you.
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From:afterknowledge
Date:May 4th, 2007 06:28 am (UTC)
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It's always so hard to find words at times like these, but as I wrote to Erica, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish I could give all of you hugs right now, but instead, I send as much love and good thoughts as I can... they travel across the miles right now.

::hugs::
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From:khakipants
Date:May 4th, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC)
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Thank you. I'm going to cash in the virtual hugs for real ones next time I see you.
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From:3arabi
Date:May 4th, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
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my condolences to you and your family.
I shall keep you all in my prayers.
If you, Erica or the family need anything I could provide or help with, please don't hesitate to ask.
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From:khakipants
Date:May 11th, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC)
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Thank you so much.
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From:3arabi
Date:May 15th, 2007 07:08 pm (UTC)
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No need to thank me Joanna, its my duty as a friend.
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