My paternal grandfather passed away this past Monday. I have some great memories with my Pepaw. He was an interesting character for sure. Sadly A never met him. Things are complicated. Life is complicated.
We traveled north to be at home for the service which will take place on a Saturday and will be short just like he wanted. Hopefully there is no drama. However, there is a very real possibility for it to happen.
We arrived in Illinois and it was 19 degrees outside. There is no treadmill here at my aunt’s house. I knew I couldn’t let the streak go. We got everything inside and I went out and ran 1.3 miles around her house via her circle driveway. There is a small hill that at first did not seem bad, but as I kept going it got harder and harder. I kept my streak alive.
I am not going to say I am excited about running in the cold again tomorrow morning but I am going to do it. I am going to push myself to go farther.
Unexpected things happen and sometimes you just have to go with the flow. I am sad to lose another grandparent, but so happy that I am grown and got to have the relationships I did. Many people are not as lucky as I am. I am lucky enough that when A was born she had 2 sets of grandparents, 2 sets of great grandparents plus another great grandma, and a great great grandma. We are very lucky.
I know that not everyone has relationships with their families and that is okay. Sometimes family is what you build. My takeaway from today is to cherish the ones you love. Tell them how you feel and to look back and remember the good times.
Until next time,
Go for a run, do something you are passionate about, reflect, remember, express your gratitude, be you.