Hey girls….want to hear a secret? Of course you do, we LOVE secrets! Well, here it is…. I have found the absolute PERFECT guy! Oh I know you think yours is the best, and I hate to break the news to you this way, but…. I found him!
To appease your ever growing curiosity, let me tell you about him, because he is pretty much amazing!
This man is the epitome of a gentleman. Always asking how he can help other people. Always gracious – asking what he can do to make things easier for other people. He is protective and caring. He checks up on me and asks how I am doing and feeling. When times are tough, he is quick to reassure me of his love for me. Did I mention he is absolutely adorable? Oh, and he prays for me, every night. His sense of humor – unbelievable! His taste in music – impeccable! His principles and character – from another time and unmatchable….
Who is my knight in shining armor? Well girls….he’s my grandpa – the sweetest man I have ever known…
|How could you NOT fall in love with this face???|
I spent several hours yesterday and again today sitting with him in the hospital. And both times that I left, I cried on my way home. Cried, because selfishly, I’m not ready to let him go yet. I’m not ready to stop holding his hand or kissing his cheek. I’m not ready to stop seeing his face light up when I come see him. Or when he sees me and says, “Oh, Elizabeth!” There is nothing like those words from that voice…
Allow me to brag and gush for a few (or ten) paragraphs – because that’s what girls do about their sweethearts, lol
This gem of a man was soo gentle and kind and gracious yesterday with all of his nurses. When they needed to take his blood pressure, his response was, “Do you need me to lift my arm up to help you get it better?” Seriously, could he be any cuter??
When you are admitted to the hospital for anything, they ask you if you want to be kept alive in case of an emergency. So, as he was telling me about that (always trying to protect and prepare us), immediately after he told me about the (do not resuscitate) paperwork, he very quickly said, “But if anything happens to me, you know that I love you, right?” And yes, for once in my life, I am thankful his eyesight isn’t fabulous, otherwise he would have seen the HUGE alligator tears welling up in my eyes.
He tried so hard to stay awake visiting with me, but finally I told him I wasn’t going anywhere and he could just rest – so he did. And he snored, and I thought it was adorable..lol
This morning, he was in fine form – as his sense of humor came out in droves! Let me share the dialogue that took place over my latte.
Grandpa: “They wouldn’t give me any coffee this morning, only water. (insert grumpy face) You don’t drink coffee do you Elizabeth?”
Me: Yes sir I do, every morning
Grandpa: “Oh! Good for you! That’s the Norwegian in you then.” (insert chuckle)
Haha! What a champ! But, you should have seen the look on his face when I told him that I pay almost $4 for a latte…. He was dismayed, not that I pay that, but that anyone would charge that much for coffee! It was "just terrible!" LolJ
Here is another conversation that had me in stitches. Mostly because of his facial expressions (they are priceless). In order to get the full affect, you would really have to know him, but, I will do my best to relay it how it happened.
Uncle Kelvin: “You know Dad, the doctor is really impressed that you are 95”
Grandpa: “Oh really? Why’s that?”
Uncle Kelvin: “Because most men from your generation didn’t live past 45 years old”
Grandpa(with a look of disdain): “Ah, pfft, I don’t believe in that stuff”
Uncle Geof: (as we are all cracking up) “And that Dad, is why you are 95”
Grandpa: “hahaha, I suppose you’re right!”
The sweet tender moments I have shared with this man over the years are precious and so dear to my heart. When he holds my hand as I lay my head on his shoulder, it is comforting and I feel at home. We can sit there in comfortable silence, just enjoying each other’s company. The nice thing is, it’s always been that way. Today, one of those sweet moments happened, and I want to engrave it on my heart so that it never ever goes away.
Me: (lays my head on Grandpa’s shoulder)
Grandpa: (leans over and whispers) “You know I love you don’t you Elizabeth?”
Me: “Oh Grandpa, of course I do…”
Grandpa: “Good, because I do love you. I’ve loved you since the day you were born. And I pray for you every night.”
Me: (kisses that beautiful weathered cheek) “I love you too Grandpa…”
I have always told my grandpa that when I find a guy as sweet as him, I will snatch him up and marry him, lol. But until then, eat your hearts out ladies, because I have the finest catch in town – and there’s nothing you can do about it! He’s all mine – forever and always – my hero, my inspiration, my sweetheart!
Grandpa, you stole my heart the day you taught me how to dance. And I don’t ever want it back, because it is always yours….