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Lunch is on me

Posted Friday, February 26, 2010, at 10:36 AM

I have lots of memories of my granddad.

The war stories. The golf lessons. The "father-son" talks. But the most recent memory I have of my grandfather is perhaps the one I will treasure the most.

For the last couple of years, I have been having lunch about twice a week with him, going to one of his favorite places to eat, talking about life in general, sharing sports scores and news, and just spending quality time together. And come to think about it, I get to hear a few war stories, too.

And for me, even though it may only be for 30 minutes to an hour each time, it is time that is extremely special to me. And I think he would agree that it has been special for him as well.

Our lunches are also special because they are a way for us to talk about his wife of nearly 60 years, my grandmother, who passed away about six years ago. He has been very lonely since then, and I miss her very much as well, so our lunches allow for some healing and closure as we share memories of a great woman who had such a lasting effect on our lives.

Even if we don't have much to say, we still enjoy the time spent eating quietly and getting away from the drama and confusion that surrounds our daily lives.

My granddad is in pretty good health for a man 87 years of age, but I do not know how many days, months or years I will be able to share that time with him, which is why our lunches are so close to my heart. To think that one day those lunches will come to an end is a frightening thought for me.

But I will cherish the time I have with him, because he has been many things to me, a father, a grandfather, a mentor, and a friend.

So, grandpa, thanks for some great memories and I'll see you next week...lunch is on me.


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Jason, I just want you to know that this special memory of lunches out with your granddad is not only special to you but also to him. It is so hard to come to face the fact that one special person will not be in our lives forever like we want them to, my grandma has been gone for just 1 year now and there isn't a day that goes by that I wish she was still here with me. I remember not to long ago when I was working for The Tribune I used to give you a hard time about going out to lunch with him all the time I'll tell you though I wish I would have gotten to spend all that time with my Grandma cause no matter what it just isn't enough. We all want more! More memories, more time, more love. Your a special grandson to him and you are making what time he has left of his life worthwhile and happy! Great Job.

-- Posted by ready_4_me on Tue, Mar 23, 2010, at 12:44 PM

I lost my grandpa a few years back and not a day goes by that I wish I could take him out to lunch. My grandmother is still alive; however, she lives in a nursing home. Visiting her just isn't the same. I miss their house where I could grab a soda and cookies and kick back on the couch and watch grandpa watch golf with his eyes closed. Grandparents are truely amazing, enjoy every one of those lunches because you will treasure each and every memory later in life!

-- Posted by cloud_nine on Fri, Jan 13, 2012, at 10:47 AM


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