Dear Grandpa, June 25, 2012

It has only been six years since I heard your voice and stood in the presence of your smile. How can it now be 6 years since you went to Heaven? Grandpa, so much has changed in these last 6 years. How I wish I could curl up on your lap and just let you hold me. I miss your strong arms the most and the security I felt within them. I knew right there, in that moment you would never let anything happen to me. I wish that I could be nervously getting ready to let my toddler ride with you on a tractor or chase all the animals. Instead, I have to imagine that she is in heaven with you, grandma, uncle Jimmy, and uncle Pete. Please hold her grandpa until I can get there. Don’t let her forget who I am.

I miss you so much I can’t even clearly put them into words, but I know that every chance I had I kissed you, hugged you and told you how much I love you. No matter how old I got your hugs were never empty. You are still the strong one taking care of us all. In life and in death.

Sometimes it feels like this world’s gone crazy
And Grandpa, take me back to yesterday
When the line between right and wrong
Didn’t seem so hazy

Did lovers really fall in love to stay
And stand beside each other, come what may?
Was a promise really something people kept
Not just something they would say?
Did families really bow their heads to pray
Did daddies really never go away?
Oh, Grandpa, tell me ’bout the good old days

Grandpa, everything is changing fast
We call it progress, but I just don’t know
And Grandpa, let’s wander back into the past
And paint me the picture of long ago

Did lovers really fall in love to stay
And stand beside each other, come what may?
Was a promise really something people kept
Not just something they would say, and forget
Did families really bow their heads to pray
Did daddies really never go away?
Oh, Grandpa, tell me ’bout the good old days
Oh, Grandpa, tell me ’bout the good old days

Songwriters: O’HARA, JAMIE
© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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