Our household is not feeling l'amour this week.
My grandpa passed away Sunday night. While it wasn't entirely unexpected at his age and in his health, it was quite sudden.
But that was just like him. When he had made his mind up to leave for a trip he was packing the car and on his way. Once he got on the road there were no side trips, no detours, no lingering longer than planned.
He didn't linger. I don't believe he felt any pain or fear. He even got to ride in a helicopter to make his final journey.
He was in a place he loved and he and Gran-ma were surrounded by people they care about.
The only problem is that that place is in Texas. The southern most part of Texas. A paradise. A Spring Break destination. But very far away from Home-Town Mid-West. My Mother and Brother flew down to be with Gran-ma. They are making the arrangements to put the trailer in storage, bring the truck home and get both Gran-ma and Grandpa home.
I am having a hard time not being there with my Gran-ma. I want her with me so that I can take care of her and hug her and tell her everything will be alright, that Grandpa wouldn't have left her if he didn't think she could make it through this.
I have settled with talking to her on the phone and all I can keep saying is that Mom will bring her home to me soon and I'll be waiting for her when she gets there.