Monday, December 5, 2016

GRANDPA ---- A MEMORY FROM CHRISTMAS PAST

Seventy years ago this Christmas season my beloved grandfather passed away on December 18.  It was unexpected and a shock to our whole family and community.
He was raised with his brother by his widowed father and two uncles on the prairies of Colorado in the late 19th century. 
 He grew to be a well respected farmer, sheep and cattle rancher; as well as an active church and community member.  He served as president of the local school board, as a county commissioner, and on the board of directors of several national wool growers organizations.
During World War II, he was honored nationally for his contributions to the war effort as a farmer and rancher.
His youngest son was serving in the military in WWII when this photo was taken.
 But, most importantly, he was the father of three boys and the grandfather of two grandsons, and me --- the only girl in his line of this male-dominated family.
He always made me feel so special to be his granddaughter.  I remember him taking time out of his busy day to bring me ice cream after my tonsillectomy, then sitting there and hand feeding it to me.

At the time of his death, I was young and had trouble comprehending the situation.  With Christmas only a week away, my mother knew I was struggling and told Santa Claus that I needed something special!

On Christmas morning, I was surprised with not one, but two Effanbee baby dolls with instructions that I was to take care of my doll family like Grandpa had always taken good care of all of us.
I always remember Grandpa when I look at these dolls; so I decided that this Christmas I would include them in my holiday decorations.  I can't believe it has been 70 years!
I hope Grandpa would be proud of me as a parent and grandparent as he was very special to me!

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3 comments:

Joy H said...

Awe such a sweet story. Beautiful dolls that he gave you!
Joy @ Books and Life

Jeanne said...

I love your beautiful story about your handsome grandfather. The family photo is wonderful. The dolls are adorable and show that they have had the loving care your grandfather gave you. A lovely post to share. Thank you.

Happy Blue Monday.
Jeanne

The Charm of Home said...

Such beautiful memories! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!