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GOOD Bye Grandpa

July 8, 2021
By HelenLu SILVER, Lititz, Pennsylvania
HelenLu SILVER, Lititz, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
“You will die but the words you speak or spoke, will live forever.” — Auliq Ice

“Beeeee …”
It was a totally white room with uncomfortable smells and this monster-like voice. Dad was there, sitting quietly. Grandma was there, weeping quietly. Grandpa was there, sleeping quietly.
I was there, too, hiding in mom’s arms, asking why grandma cried. “Grandpa had left,” she whispered.
That’s true. I’ve never seen my grandpa again. That tall grandpa, always letting me ride on his shoulders, had left. That magical grandpa with his big pockets full of candies had left. That strict grandpa, worrying about my picky diet, had left.
My grandpa had left.
No, he died. So peacefully that it took me a while to realize he would never come back again. The day before his death, like every other day, he picked me up from school and kissed me good night. Like the lady in “Her Sister Died of a Brain Tumor” who “chose palliative care” and “died peacefully four months later, surrounded by her family,” my grandpa led a normal life until the moment he physically couldn’t, the moment surrounded by love.
My grandpa had left, bravely.
But his gentle smiles, his funny stories, the taste of his braised fish, and the feeling of his warm hands were all in my memory. They never leave.
My grandpa had never left.
Now I understand why grandpa and that lady were not afraid to say goodbye, because they never do. In their beloved ones’ hearts, the softest place ever, the most precious treasure of them – memories – are permanently preserved.
So, GOOD bye grandpa.

The author's comments:

It's good-bye, not just bye.

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Lydiaq ELITE said...
on Jul. 16 at 12:24 pm
Lydiaq ELITE, Somonauk, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
I've looked at life from both sides now
From win and lose and still somehow
It's life's illusions I recall
I really don't know life at all
--Joni Mitchell

This is unbelievably moving