Writing About Grandpa

by Rundy on May 7, 2010

A few days ago someone asked me to send them a link to something I had written about Grandpa some time ago. This started me poking through my writing on Grandpa, and thinking about it. Perhaps I have been avoiding it a bit–by omission if not commission. There are two different parts to the puzzle: […]

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What Pictures Say

by Rundy on December 31, 2009

There is the old familiar saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” The sentiment is only partly true. A picture of the Grand Canyon can convey its physical appearance far more clearly than a thousand words. But a picture tells you very little about what someone thought about the Grand Canyon. If someone brings […]

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The Christmas Card

by Rundy on December 11, 2009

This week I learned that my namesake died. It was in the obituaries in the newspaper. Grandpa’s older brother Gene died on Saturday, December 5th. He was 85. Gene was Grandpa’s most beloved brother, and faithful readers of this blog know I was called by his name for the last two years of Grandpa’s life. […]

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Put Your House in Order

by Rundy on October 13, 2009

One thing Grandpa’s death has brought forcefully to my attention is the huge legal hassle that comes with dying. You’d hope (or wish) that since dying is such an unpleasant business everyone would have mercy on your survivors and expect nothing from them in this difficult time. Sadly, that is not the case. The death […]

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The Burden

by Rundy on October 2, 2009

(This was originally written for the extended family. I shared it, along with some of my other writing, at the memorial we had for Grandpa.) Grandpa is gone, and it is natural to think about what we have lost in his passing. But there is something I would like to share today, something that I […]

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Laughter Through The Tears

by Rundy on September 29, 2009

This is a long, rambling post. It is rambling, and with such bad structure, because there is so much to say, I can’t say it all, and I don’t know quite how to say it. But maybe, somehow, you will understand what I mean. I meant to write a post like this some time ago, […]

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The Empty Couch

by Rundy on September 25, 2009

We all grieve in different ways. Some people grieve loudly, others in silence. Some people take a long time to grieve, other people finish grieving in a short time. Grandma told me she was grieving long before Grandpa actually died, and I think that is true for me also. But that doesn’t mean I finished […]

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The Next Great Adventure (Reposted)

by Rundy on September 24, 2009

On September 24th, 2006–three years ago to this very day–I began caring for Grandpa in his final journey through Alzheimer’s. Shortly after that, I wrote a piece titled “The Next Great Adventure” (the original version on this website can be found here). That adventure has come to an end as suddenly as it began. I […]

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September 11th, 2009

by Rundy on September 18, 2009

At 5:00 AM on Friday, September 11th, Grandpa slipped away. He lingered a week after he took his final turn. A week where he did not eat, and drank only a few drops. He passed quietly. Thank you all for your kind comments. The family took it as well as could be hoped. We all […]

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Saying Goodbye

by Rundy on September 9, 2009

(I didn’t edit this for quality of writing. Maybe some other day) There were a lot of things I wanted to write before this, but life never goes in the neat little order we desire. I wanted to write about how Grandpa and I would laugh together, the foolish games we would play, and how […]

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