Friday, October 16, 2009

This is my grandfather

I love this picture of my grandfather.
It was taken at our wedding reception in California. I feel like it just perfectly reflects who he is. Quiet, dignified, pensive. Whenever I see it I just feel peace. The same peace I feel in his presence.

I've been thinking a lot about this picture lately. Sunday I found out that my cousin (the closest cousin in age I have on my dad's side) died on Saturday leaving behind two young boys and a grieving family. I have been feeling a lot of grief and sorrow. Looking at this picture has given me peace. Random, I know, but it has.

We're in California right now for my brother's homecoming. I was hoping to go hiking in the hills I used to hike in as a teenager. That always made me feel better when I was down. But, much to my sorrow, I realized they are gone. Burnt in the fire that charred the hills of my hometown a few weeks ago. So I have been pulling up this picture and looking at my grandpa. I love him.


Maylin said...

That's really sweet. He looks like an amazing man.

janae said...

Oh, Rebecca, I'm so, so sorry. Please know we love you and are thinking about you!

Loni said...

So sorry to hear about your cousin. I'm glad you have that picture to help bring you peace. You'll be in my prayers.

shay said...

Wow...I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm glad the family was all together this weekend to deal with the loss. I hope you have a nice trip despite those challenges. We sure had a nice time at your parent's house last weekend.