Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Autumn & My Grandpa

I LOVE Autumn! It has always been my favorite season, especially since I have lived in Utah, where this season is so vivid. I love the smells and sounds of Autumn, the bundle-up-throw-your-slippers-on weather. I love the anticipation of Thanksgiving and Christmas time that Autumn bring.

One of my favorite memories of Autumn is my Grandpa and Grandma Nielsen's back yard. They have several large trees in their back yard and I have fond memories of playing in those leaves.

A couple of weeks ago I took my kids over there and we joined some cousins in raking and playing in my grandparents leaves. We had such a fun time.

My sweet grandpa's health is rapidly declining. He has suffered 4 mini strokes in the last year. My grandpa is one of my most favorite people. He is who I received my love of writing from. He raised a wonderful family, 6 girls, including my wonderful mother. He is patient, kind, very wise and brilliantly funny. He always has time for me and I have always known that he loves me. I am so grateful for him and the memories I have of him as a girl, and the new ones that I am desperately holding onto.


Melanie said...

I have to agree with you there. I wish I saw more of him, and worry so much about his declining health. What a great post.

Tami said...

I don't even have the words to express my feelings. What an amazing man our grandpa is.

karirangel said...

This is such a sweet post. I love the way you write. I know your grandpa very very little, but how you expressed your love for him, and what kind of a man he is, makes me love him too... I too have a grandpa I LOVE dearly, and his health is not so great.