I’m back after my grandfather’s passing. This summer has been a whirlwind for me. The last time I saw my grandfather was, Christmas break last year, with my family. It’s tough because one of the last things he asked me is, “Will you come to the Philippines if I die?” My response, “Of course! That’s a pretty sad thing to ask right now but of course I’d come. I love you!”
That’s rough to hear from a man you know who was always a man of steel. He’s was my gramps that was strong physically and mentally. So to hear him say that was tough.
I’m so glad I spoke to him a month before he passed. He sounded great, happy, and was feeling great physically. In the back of my mind I knew it would probably be soon. Regardless of knowing the time is near, it doesn’t make it easier.
I apologize for being MIA. I promise not to be gone for so long. However, with all the sadness and the goodbyes; there’s also new beginnings, projects, and fierce determination. All driven by connecting with my grandfather at a whole new level. It’s sad it takes death to see another side of loved ones.
This challenges me to be closer and creating stronger connections with my loved ones. I don’t want to know about my friends and family after they’ve passed away. The photo above I took at Sonya’s Garden in the Proposal Garden from my father’s hometown of Alfonso, Cavite in the Philippines. I’m so glad I was able to see beauty in a time of sadness.
The present is here and now! After all, the present is a gift!
Embrace the present! Embrace the people around you! Put the handheld devices down and put it on silence. Finally see the person across from you, experience them, and enjoy the time you have with that person.
Time is fleeting. Make use of your time with the people you love and cherish!
To my Gramps:
I Love You and Miss You! Thanks for all the laughter!