Monday, June 4, 2007
In Memory of
My Grandpa's funeral was on Friday. Lots of emotions. One of the things that I know made him smile was Boo singing a solo of Have I Done Any Good. She was so great. She stood up at that microphone and her voice came out loud and clear, perfect pitch, and she articulated those words.
The words of this song describe his life so well:
Bella song 4 Gpa-10.mp3
Have I done any good in the world today? Have I helped anyone in need? Have I cheered up the sad, or made someone feel glad, if not, I have failed indeed. Has anyone's burdens been lighter today? Because I was willing to share? Have the sick and the weary, been helped on their way? When they needed my help was I there? Then wake up, and do something more, than dream of your mansions above. Doing good is a pleasure, a joy beyond measure, a blessing of duty and love.
10 things I have learned from my grandfather (in no particular order):
1. Save, save, save (20% of your paycheck)
2. Serve others
3. Work hard
4. Follow the example of Jesus Christ
5. Family is important
6. Be educated
7. Be healthy (he was 98 and still exercising after his stroke in 1995)
8. Develop your talents
9. Be kind and friendly to everyone
10. Become self-reliant
He's an amazing man. I am so grateful for the knowledge that I will see him again. I know that he is running and jumping and enjoying being with his loved ones that have gone before, including his wife, Maude.
Here is an interesting story: My grandma, Maude (Grandpa D.'s wife) passed away when my mom was 12 of a heart condition. A year later, grandpa married her sister, Mabel (Maude basically asked him to before she died). Mabel helped raise my mom and uncle and cared for my grandpa by herself after his stroke in 1995. She is 98 as well. Can you imagine living alone at that age, let alone taking care of someone who is basically like a big kid? I have so much to learn.
Posted by Jules at Monday, June 04, 2007