My all time favorite color is green so it comes to no surprise that this holiday makes me giddy inside! A fun fact you may not know, is today would be my Grandaddy’s 100th birthday! I never got him to tell me where that pot of gold is.
When I was younger, he was my all time best friend. My grandmother passed away when my mother was only a few months old. My grandmother on my father’s side passed away from diabetes when I was really young. My grandfather on that side was an alcoholic and a bit off his rocker from many years of war. My Grandaddy was my only grandparent. Many years spent hunting and riding through the woods. Every morning he was up before dawn and at Hardees for biscuits and gravy as soon as they opened. We had our routines we did together whenever possible. He taught me addition, subtraction and multiplication.
I’ll never forget his love for his rose-bush. He had a rose bush that went up and over the house. You could touch a rose on the other side of the house. I have never found a rose that smells anywhere near as good as his did. He also had these odd trees that he called popcorn trees. I’m not entirely sure if that is what they are actually called, but to this day I have never seen any more of them. Around his house he had huge bushes of Azaleas. They were his favorite besides his rose bush.
Alzheimer’s set in and he passed away my 5th grade summer. I don’t think I ever cried so hard in my life. I lost my best friend. I wish I had a recording of his voice. More pictures. More memories. I cherish the few that I do have. As an adult there is so many things I wish I could have asked him and chatted with him about. Something that the entire family wonders is what year he was actually born. The Navy has him listed as being bon in 1917. Our Family Bible has him listed as being born in 1919. Some have speculated that he fibbed about his age to get into the service early which was fairly easy to do back then.
Whichever year he was born, today is his birthday. Happy Birthday Grandaddy! Hope you’re wearing green up in Heaven!
( My Momma, Me, Grandaddy )