I've been taking some time off the blog because my Papa passed away a week ago. We rushed to Omaha to be with family and I just got back.
I wasn't sure if I should write about how I'm feeling on the blog since I have been really trying to stream line my posts to subjects of food or running. But writing has always been therapeutic to me and I feel like I need to get some thoughts off my chest.
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥My papa Jack was the quintessential man; he was kind, compassionate, loving, generous, trustworthy and honest. His characteristics were the epitome of what I always looked for in a life partner. When I thought about what I wanted in a husband, I thought of my papa. And I'm lucky because I've found in my husband someone who represents all that my papa was to me.
My papa Jack was incredibly loved. Over 150 people showed up to his funeral. Several people that we had never met came up to us with stories we had never heard. The one that stood out to me was a man who told us he worked with Jack and twenty years ago his daughter was very ill and in the hospital. My papa showed up to give his support and brought her flowers. Even my Nana never knew of this story.
But that was the kind of man my papa was. He would give away his last dollar, his coat off his back, his shoes from his feet. He would do whatever you needed, whenever you needed it. He was the most loving man I had ever met.
There was an article in the Omaha World Herald newspaper about my grandfather and my favorite quote was "He was the kindest, sweetest man who ever lived." Because it is so very true.
Everyone who met my Papa loved him. There aren't enough adjectives in the English language to describe what an amazing man he was.
I leave you with this quote which I found online that deeply touched me.
"You can shed tears that he is gone
Or you can smile because he has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back,
Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see him
Or you can be full of the love that you have shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember him and only that he is gone,
Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back,
Or you can do what he would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on."