Valentines day, 2011.
I come home to see my mother gone and my father sitting solemnly at the kitchen table.
I knew something was wrong.
He told me my Grandfathers condition had gotten worse after 2 months of being in the hospital for pneumonia and congestive heart failure. My mother would be taking a second trip out to see him with her brother and sister.
I was worried, upset, and angry. Angry at the world for letting this happen to him.
But i had faith. I had faith that he would be alright. He's had pneumonia before, and hes had congestive heart failure before too. He survived them as easily as anyone else could have.
My mother came back from getting her plane tickets and called my grandmother, who told her that my grandfather had passed away six minutes before she called.
He passed away on Valentines day 2011 at 2:37 pm.
My grandfather was the best man i had ever met, he always gave me something to look forward to, smile about, and laugh about. He gave me the biggest hugs, and he always smelt like raspberries or that cologne i always bought him for Christmas form the dollar store, because i didn't have enough money for something special.
He didn't deserve to die this way. My grandfather deserved to die peacefully in his sleep at age 80, not tied up in ICU in the hospital at age 65.
I've heard that living is a young mans game, and only the strongest of us survive. Well, obviously that is wrong. My grandfather was an amazingly strong man. He survived multiple heart attacks and surprised his doctors each time. He was in the Army, and was highly respected by the people he served with. He was a husband, a father of 3, and a grandfather of 7. But most importantly, he was a friend. He would listen to anything you had to say, and though he was a quiet man, he would help in anyway he could. He was the strongest man i have ever met. Strong in heart, mind, soul, and body.
I'm sorry you had to leave us early, Grampa. I haven't seen you in a year, and i wish i could have gotten my chance to bid you farewell. I hope you find peace and prosperity in your new life, and know that i will see you again someday. Until then, you will always live in my heart, mind, and soul.
I love you Grampa, and i always will.
Daniel Beauchamp 11/24/1945 - 02/14/2011
Listening to: "If i die young"