Ten years ago today, my family decided to buy my grandpa a pig picture frame. He always called my sister a pig because she used to burp really loudly. We went to church and lunch, and then bought the picture frame. We came home and just did whatever we usually did on a normal Sunday afternoon. Then the doorbell rang. My sister and I answered the door to find a woman there in a uniform. She said she was a coroner and asked if our parents were home. I was six and my sister was four so we had no idea what was going on. We learned that my grandpa had been out riding his motorcycle with his motorcycle group, and he hadn’t made a turn fast enough. He had a heart attack, and the truck behind him couldn’t stop in time so they ended up running him over. I didn’t understand what was going on. I knew about death, but I didn’t realize that I would never see my grandpa again. He was always joking with us and giving us ginger snaps before dinner. I miss him so much. He died two weeks after my birthday, and I still have the last birthday card he ever gave to me. I have it on my wall next to my bed to remember him. It’s just a normal birthday card from your grandparents, but it’s the last thing I have from him. I cannot believe ten years have gone by without him here. It’s crazy to think how quickly time passes. The one thing I will always remember about him was how he was always trying to get me to laugh. He always wanted everyone around him to be laughing. He has impacted so many people’s lives, especially mine. I love you so much, Grandpa, and I can’t wait to see you again someday.
Wow, he’s been gone for 10 years already. And I never got to go fishing with him. And I never will in this life. Girls, he didn’t have a heart attack. Mom told us that when we were little so we wouldn’t get sucked into a macabre train of thought of imagining what happened to our Grandpa. I’ll always remember his jokes, the ginger snaps from Trader Joe’s, the root beer barrel candies, and his mutton chops.
Or “an alumnus,” if you’re a girl.
(I kind of wish that a boy would say he were “an alumna,” though. That would be fighting some double standard).
Today is the anniversary of the release of Star Wars IV: A New Hope!