He is the center of our family. Every important event I can remember from my childhood, he was there. When I think of the type of person I want to be as I continue to grow, I can think of no better role model than my Pop-Pop.
He’s a friend to everyone he meets, treating strangers like family. He has worked hard for his whole life. He states that if only his vision would be better he’d still be working every day. He puts family first and has never wavered his faith and he has filled his life with love.
Somedays I feel like they don’t make people like Pop-Pop anymore.
On Sunday evening we gathered in my parents sun room, a place where so many celebrations over the years have occurred. My mom presented him with his favorite cake, a chocolate sugary concoction made with mayo (don’t knock it til you try it!) and a to die for peanut butter icing.
Pop-Pop always has the best stories. Even though I may hear the same stories over and over, they never get old. They are filled with friends and family, sadly many passed, and always end with him laughing.
So, I asked Pop-Pop what he’s learned in his 89 years. His response was simple: “Well, Katie, I’ve had a lot of great years, a few hard times, but I’ve had some great years.”
I think we can all learn from that perspective. Life is never always going to be all good. But as long as you see the good more than the bad, you’re going to have a pretty grand life. Soon the bad will be events you can barely fit in your memory because your laughter and smiles of the good times will take up too much room.