It's hard to know what to say and how to say it, when it is the last word. It is impossible to do you justice. I haven't posted on this stupid blog in three years, and I know folks may be wondering why I am now. Nothing makes a lot of sense right now, but I guess making a post here does. Go figure. Grandpa, you influenced me in so many ways. You saw the world through the eyes of humor, stories, and a camera lens. Those characteristics inspired me the most, and in their own way, inspired this blog, where I could tell stories and share photos of my own.
Thank you for sharing all your memories with me. They have, and will continue to, influence me and future generations to come. They will bring reflections on happiness, creativity, and perseverance. Every person's connection with you is unique and you will be missed in many, different ways. You were a one of a kind, multi-faceted in a way that is impossible to recreate.
I will always remember how you loved your family, your state, and your country. Your adoration for my grandma made one of the strongest connections I have yet to see. You knew how to make her smile, and occasionally loved to make her squirm in good fun. While you created many amazing things, you always thought your greatest creation was your two girls. Even though you always said they made your hair go from black to white in a couple of years, they were also your muses. Always worth a good giggle. Growing up you scared the beejeezus out of me. I was always careful to keep my hands off of your perfectly clean, white walls. But as I got older I began to understand your sense of humor and realized how interesting you were. I tried to learn from you. Husband, father, grandfather, soldier, photographer, craftsman, storyteller, and overall happy camper.
While we continue to reminisce, I hope you are able to too, with a smile and a half on your face.
Grandpa in his 1927 Chevrolet
Grandpa, 4th Division, North Korea 1952
Grandpa's Korean War Service Medal
Snowmobiling, "Six feet in the air!"
Arrowheads Grandpa made
Working on the Telephone Pole
Lightning over Durango
Grandpa's pumpkin carving 2012
Inky dinky do. I love you. Goodbye.