Open Letter


Papa,
Today marks one year since you have been gone. Words can’t describe how much you are missed. Things have been so different without you and I’ve had to readjust. There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t think of you. I have so many wonderful memories of us, and I thank you for being an awesome grandfather.
A lot of people don’t understand the bond that we shared and the capacity that you played in my life. I’m so glad that you knew what you meant to me and I will never forget the look you gave me before you passed, it confirmed we felt the same way about each other. Papa, you treated me like your third daughter not so much a granddaughter and I’m so grateful for that. I miss our conversations, our “office” talks and your encouraging words. You were my shoulder to cry on when I got knocked down, always there to listen to all my drama, and you never stood in my way just turned me in the right direction. Papa, you were just a special jewel in my life. I admired your strength, love, and courage.
Even though you were there for a lot of things/milestones in my life there are a lot of things that we won’t get to experience together, and it still breaks my heart. I wish you were there to see me get married and I wish you were there to see me graduate FOR THE LAST TIME ( I promise lol). You were one of the reasons that I worked so hard in school, and you will continue to push me to do the best that I can. You have made such an impact on my life. Through your life that you lived I learned so many valuable lessons; to never give up on your goals and aspirations, love your family because family is forever, to be strong and courageous in all you do, give life your very best, and last but certainly not least I witnessed what true love really means, through the love and devotion you gave me and my family.
Although I miss you tremendously, I am fortunate to have spent 25 years with you. I have been blessed with so many memories of being with my papa and I am sure many have encountered your beautiful spirit. I really appreciate everything you have done for me and I know we will meet again. I know I have gained another angel!!! To be absent in the body means to be present with the Lord. This has brought me peace. It was truly an honor to have papa as part of my life. Papa.. I will love you always.

Brittany

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