Today my grandpa crossed my mind, he often does actually, and I thought to myself-I am so glad I told him he was the greatest man that I have ever known. Growing up I would think that all the time, but I never told him until the night before he died. I am just glad I said something.
Pa was a man that rarely said I love you, in fact in my entire life he only told me once, but that's because it was always evident. He was a man of action, he didn't need to tell me he loved me because he constantly showed me.
I held his hand for an entire night before he died and I thanked God for letting me, for giving me the time to tell him how amazing he was. I question how if I miss him so much, how my mom is even surviving.
He was the true definition of a Patriarch. My hero was a real person, someone I knew well, and someone who left an impact on my life and taught me how to lead by example ...I want to be like him, in so many ways.
One time he picked me up from college and on the way back he told me his tank was running low, my response, " oh snap, you need some gas money?" he chuckled and said, "I mean my life tank honey."
I laughed it off, I told him to quit playing he was 70 something at the time walking around like a 50 year old. At the time I didn't even want to discuss living life without him, and now here I am doing what seemed like the impossible...living life without him.
I see kids idolizing celebrities simply because they are celebrities. Sports stars, the Kardashians, rappers, models...yes their success is something to admire and even hope for, but I don't know any of those people enough to want to be like them.
My grandpa, he was my hero. This was a man with integrity, a true gentleman. He taught me about humility, hard work and dedication. He taught me so many things and daily I strive to live up to his legacy -after all, his blood is running through my veins.
Now that you know my hero, could you please share with me yours?! I want to know your real life hero...someone who has actually touched your world and made it better!
Much love, Danni