Silly Gramp is Back

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My dad picked up my grandfather yesterday and brought him home for the morning and for the first time since my gram died, he cracked a couple jokes and pretended to be sleeping when I walked in the room. That’s a game that he always played when he lived here with all of us. He and my son, would drop their heads and pretend to be sleeping when someone walked in the room. 

Silly Gramp is Back

We got our first snow storm yesterday and my grandfather did his usual complaining about winters in New England and preached how he wished he was living back in Florida. I said, “I don’t blame you gramp, Winters in New England are kinda tough.” My dad brought him back by noon before the heavy snow started. My grandfather is not as steady on his feet as he use to be. It’s hard to believe that this picture below, was only a year ago. 

Silly Gramp is Back

It was this time last year that my grandfather was still walking with his cane and both he and my gram, still lived in their own little spot above the garage. He will still driving (only during the day within 5 minutes of the house) and still had some sort of independence. His life came to a crashing halt in a couple weeks from now (1 year ago). It’s amazing how things have changed. For now, he seems to be coping with the loss of my gram and keeping an upbeat attitude. Not sure what today will bring but I loved seeing my old silly gramp back yesterday……even if it was just for a couple hours ;). 

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  1. Glad your Gramps is doing well. God bless!

  2. mickie mclaughlin says:

    Jess….love the photo of you and Gramps. A lot has happened to your family this year and your story reminds us all to be loving to each other and to appreciate whatever stage of life we are all in. HUGS for you.

  3. So happy to see your gramps doing well. My mom has to go to a nursing home end of this month. She walks and eats well. She has bathroom problems and needs care. She has dementia but knows all of her children. I wished she could stay with me but I know I cannot tend her properly by myself. Sad to say. I enjoy reading your posts about your family and how you coped and still are with aging grandparent. Happy week ahead

    1. Sorry Betsy :(. It’s not an easy decision to make, we struggled with it. It’s definitely the safest place though especially if/when the dementia starts to get worse. The word unpredictable is an understatement. My grandfather started doing things that put his safety and ours, in jeopardy. Good luck and Happy Holidays 🙂

  4. Lin (Linda) Mossgrove says:

    Even if only for a short time it is wonderful to see your loved one enjoy a moment of life! So happy for both of you. Love the picture–you both are smiling with such a love! My prayers will continue for all of the family. With your crazy life, I appreciate that you take the time to keep us updated!

  5. Aww, thanks for sharing that with us. I was just thinking about your family this morning. I’m glad your grandpa was able to have fun for a little while.

  6. Juanita in OH says:

    It warms my heart to see him smiling and knowing that he is up to his old tricks. Have a merry day and TFS.

  7. I am so happy for you and your family, especially during this time of year. I hope you and your family have blessing Holidays. Thanks for sharing.

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