Recently I’ve been thinking about what really matters in life, I think every one of us gets caught up in silly things that don’t necessarily matter as much as what other things do in our lives.
My Grandad means the world to me, and this picture is by far my favourite of us.
I admire and love my Grandad so much that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to convey just how much he means. Other than my Dad he is the greatest man I’ve ever known. I may not know everything about my Grandad and his life but the small things I do know are that he was in the RAF (Royal Air Force) and after several years of service he worked for a company called Amphenol who make cables for various appliances- not incredibly exciting but still a valid job and something he enjoyed. I mean it once took him on a trip to China, so it can’t all be bad can it. He later retired at the age of 65, and now he’s driving my Gran mad.
My Grandad is a bit of a daredevil, on birthdays we send him up in hot air balloons, and arrange for him to fly small air crafts. So he is very much the adventurous type, and he’ll try anything once. One memory that stands out was when all of the family went to Butlins for a long weekend, and one day we hung out at the swimming pool. They had a slide which took you to a giant mushroom like thing and you dropped out of the bottom after spinning round a hundred times. Now for me that is a massive no no. My Grandad however went on it several times, baring in mind I think he was around 70 years old. My own Grandad puts me to shame! This is what I love about him, he tries anything and everything and his motto is very much “you only live once” and I respect that.
He is my ultimate hero. Whenever I’ve lost my confidence in myself or with my education, he’s always given me that confidence and belief back. He gives me so much support in wishing me good luck with exams and just generally inquiring after me. Its them little things that mean the most.
I try to visit him regularly on a Saturday afternoon when I’ve finished work, and I’m always greeted with the biggest hug and kiss. I remember being a little girl and he’d answer the door to me and lift me off the ground and give me a huge hug, tickling me with his beard- always making me laugh.
He is a gentlemen who couldn’t do enough for you. For the past few years he’s been renovating my Aunt’s house, and it looks incredible. I told my Mum that I hope Grandad will be around to do up my house in the future, and she laughed and told my Grandad and he said he would be more than happy to. Thinking about this just melts my heart.
Its the people closest to us that mean the most, and at times they may get on your nerves but they love you unconditionally. That is never going to change, and I cherish every moment I spend with my Grandad. We all know that we’re not sticking around forever, if only it were possible because he is someone I can’t imagine not having in my life.
Keep those you love close everyone.