I Still Look For Him But He Is Not There

It is 366 days since I said goodbye to my grandfather. A year and a day. My life is so very different in so many ways. It is not a secret to say that I miss him. I do. We shared more than a surname. We spent so many hours together. There are endless stories that I could tell about him. My grandfather was a colorful man who lived life.

He lived. He loved. He was. And in many ways he still is.

Sometimes I pick up the phone and start to dial his number because I want to tell him about my day or ask him for his advice and then I remember that he is gone and I stop. To paraphrase Bogart in Casablanca I am sure that I look like a guy standing with a comical look on his face because his insides have been kicked out.

Grandpa wouldn’t appreciate all the fussing over him. He wouldn’t want me to feel badly about his having died. If I close my eyes I can see him smiling at me, a twinkle in those baby blues. That twinkle used to get him in trouble because you just couldn’t help but wonder what he had done. I am told that I have the same thing.

But this is my blog and my thoughts. I like sharing memories with my father about grandpa. It is nice to hear his memories but sometimes it is hard too because I see the pain in his eyes. At grandpa’s funeral my dad said that he had lost his hero and that is true. I know it is because my father is my hero too, so it makes sense to me.

Sometimes when I walk into my parent’s house I go looking for him. He spent the last few years of his life living in the room that I grew up in. Sometimes I close the door and just sit there, trying to catch a glimpse of him. Sometimes I think that I can smell his scent.

I have had a few dreams about him. I remember bits and pieces of them. He protected me from something, can’t really say what because I don’t remember. I just know that he did. I don’t if it was real or not because it makes me feel good.

What I know for certain is that as long as we don’t forget him he won’t ever really die. My son still looks at the pictures we took, four generations of the men of our family. He asks me to always tell him stories so that he won’t forget who he was.

It would be easy to write more, but I think that is enough for right now. Time never stops moving and much as we might to stop it we can’t. All we can do is live the best way we know how.

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7 Comments

  1. Jack's Shack June 28, 2007 at 4:35 am

    Michael,

    It sounds like you had a great grandma.

  2. Michael June 27, 2007 at 9:10 am

    A beautiful post, Jack.

    My Grandma passed away in April ’06, and I still miss her. She was a big help to me and my wife, when we were having in-law issues…

  3. Jack's Shack June 27, 2007 at 6:40 am

    Stace,

    Carpe Diem.

    Orieyenta,

    Thank you.

    Ellie,

    Yes they are.

    Babka,

    Thank you. I only wish that my kids could have known him better.

  4. The Babka Nosher June 27, 2007 at 2:23 am

    Reading this post made me smile… Not because I’m cruel (though it’s been said), but because of your amazing connection to your grandfather. You were incredibly lucky to have him in your life so long, and for your kids to have known him, too.

  5. MizEllie June 26, 2007 at 7:47 pm

    Grandparents are special. There is a feeling of safety, warmth and nurturing that they provide that is irreplaceable.

  6. orieyenta June 26, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    What a lovely post Jack. May his neshama have an aliyah.

  7. Stacey June 26, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    What a lovely tribute to your gramps. And yeah, seize the moment.

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