It all started on the evening of February 2nd. That night was my last night in my Baton Rouge house. I had been out after work for one final fling with the plant staff and then headed home to get some last minute things done at the house before the movers came in the early AM. Adam and I had been taking down some storage shelves in the garage when I came inside to make dinner. As I was making dinner, Dad called. He said he just wanted me to know that they had left my grandparents and Paw wasn't feeling very well at all. They didn't know if he had a bug or what but just wanted to let him be able to rest comfortably so they headed home. I went to bed around midnight, talked to Adam around 2am because he had been called out to the plant, and then was woken up again to the phone ringing around 4:30am. I knew as soon as I saw Dad's name on the screen something awful had happened. He said that Paw only had about 30 minutes left according to the doctors. At that point he was unresponsive but Mom said she thought he could hear me so I got to say goodbye for the last time. Since that early morning phone call my heart has been completely broken for our loss and for my sweet grandmother. She and my grandpa met when she was still in high school and then married once he graduated high school. They had been together for 60ish years and were not only husband and wife but truly best friends. They have the kind of love that most of us can only hope for.
The movers were supposed to be at my house at 8am but I was able to leave a message that I had to cancel. I was fortunate to be able to get a flight back to Roanoke that afternoon. I believe that is the first time I have flown anywhere without any delays. We had the visitation the following day and were blessed with so much food, flowers, kindness, love and prayers. My grandfather's 2 hour visitation went well over 4 hours and my grandma stayed by his side the whole evening. Every person that came thru the line knew so much about Chip and me - if you were around my Paw for a second you can bet that he was going to tell you about his grandkids. One thing I will never question is how much he loved me or how proud he was of everything Chip and I both have accomplished.
My grandfather was a devoted Mason for a good part of his life. The Masons were there for the funeral and he had a beautiful funeral and ceremony at the cemetery. My family will never be the same without him and in these past weeks since he has gone on to Heaven we all wish we had so much more time with him. It's hard to not be angry that he was taken so young.. 76 just seems like nothing for today's standard. I feel so blessed to have had such a loving and supportive grandfather for the 25 years that I did. After every dance recital, he was the first one to hug and kiss me. I will always remember the good times and know how much I was loved.
|Forest Festival - 2006|
|Chip & Karmen's Wedding, 2007|