Monday, September 28, 2009

My Grandpa

Dawson G. Herbaugh

Sadly it is not often that large families get together unless it is for a wedding or a funeral. This week, for our family, it was a funeral...a time to remember our Grandpa Bear. He passed away last Sunday. We spent the week processing, planning and traveling.

Once we were all together we were able to share stories, pictures and memories of him. I am not sure if i dare say it, but before long we all started to enjoy our time together. At first that felt strange and not quite right but i honestly think he was happy with it. Happy that all the people he loved and cared about were together.
He did not want a lot of fuss and so we upheld his wishes. We just came together and remembered him. While we were there , as we hugged and cried, laughed and joked, i was reminded that these are my people. I should never take that for granted and should try to be together with them more often. Because these are the people who love you no matter what is going on in your life. So go hug someone you love!

This poem was on the prayer card at his service

"A Beautiful Life"

A beautiful life
that came to an end,
he died as he lived, everyone's
In our hearts a memory will
always be kept
of one we loved
and will never forget.
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Gina said...

I'm sorry for your loss. It is a beautiful poem.

Anonymous said...

Hun I'm so sorry. My heart goes out to you. You'll be in my heart and prayers.

angela said...

Oh, I'm sorry Leslie. He did have a most wonderful smile.

MLE said...

So sorry to hear about your loss. What a great tribute to your grandpa!

Grammie/Mom said...

What you said was very touching and true Leslie. Thank you for putting this up.

Brown Family Blog said...

I am so glad that you were able to be there with your family. I would hug you if we were closer. :O(

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Im so sorry for your loss. Keep those memories close to your heart~

rebecs said...

my prayers are with you and your family.

Cathy said...

I am so sorry to hear bout your loss....your grandfather sounds like he was a wonderful man. What a beautiful poem.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Just checking in on you~ Hope you are doing ok.

MaryMary said...

Oh honey....I disappeared this week and missed such a big thing. I'm so sorry for you--what a beautiful tribute to him.

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