Wednesday, October 10, 2012

brown eyed handsome man

Hi, everybody. Long time no see.

While we were gone to California my one remaining grandpa passed away.  He got quite sick the week before we left, and the day he passed away they got the test results back confirming that he had West Nile virus.  He was a character, and I hate driving past his house and not seeing him sitting out on the driveway, but it is a blessing that he can be with my grandma again.  He was so lonely without her.  Oh, he was such a funny, funny man.  In addition to being a rancher he drove a school bus for many years, and carried a paddle with him inscribed with the words "Board of Education."  Ha, that is funny in light of our recent discussion about paddling.  But in his defense, there are eighty-plus students on a school bus, and you can't see what they're doing most of the time.  He took no crap.  And he was beloved all the same, because he was just as generous with affection as he was with discipline.  Every time I smell Old Spice I'll think of him.  Darnit, this is a sad stage of life. 

On a happier note, we had a wonderful vacation.  We saw tide pools teeming with critters, spent much time in Disneyland (some highlights:  Emmett threw up on the pavement between Star Tours and Buzz; Jenny and I ate Monte Cristo sandwiches and did not regret it for a second; we went on the infamous, terrifying Mickey's Dumb Wheel) and arrived home safely at three o'clock Sunday morning.  I wouldn't want to go to Disneyland every year, but every four years or so is just right.


beckster said...

Layne, I am so sorry to hear about your grandpa. My sincere condolences. It sounds like you were blessed in the grandparent department; characters who left stories for you to tell and good times to remember. You were missed, but glad you had a wonderful vacation. Oh, Monte Cristo sandwiches! I haven't had one in ages, and I would not feel guilty either! Just the right mix of grease, protein, and flavor! Welcome back.

All8 said...

I hope that you're doing okay, that's a lot to take in. Write down and repeat to your kids all of your grandpa's stories, and it sounds like he has a bunch to keep you all laughing.

Was the ocean warm? I'll bet it was magical, even if you hadn't gone to Disneyland.

Glad you're back.