How do you describe emotions at a funeral? All over the place? Happy. Sad. Longing. Learning.
Didn't stop his love for good honey.
He loved to travel.
He loved God.
He loved my Grandma. Of this I am SURE.
He loved to sing.
I will always think fondly of him walking around the house humming to himself.
He would wind up the grandfather clock (and a few others) every Sunday.
He carried a stepstool in his big ol' truck for my little ol' grandma.
He loved bacon and eggs and toast every Saturday morning.
He loved watching Lawrence Welk (probably for the singing).
He loved war movies.
He liked essays to be "like a girl's skirt: short enough to be interesting but long enough to cover the subject."
He loved to garden.
And loved (or at least always had) zipper ties.
He rarely made it all the way through a joke without laughing at the punchline before he told it.
(My dad does the same thing- and so does Sean.)
He knew his neighbors. How many of us can say that now?
He liked to go for walks in the morning.
He always took care of the snakes for grandma (she HATES snakes).
He kept his underwear in the bathroom not his dresser (makes sense doesn't it?).
He loved sports and BYU.
His heart has always been in Mesquite.
When he was asked why he and my grandma were moving back to Mesquite- his reply was, "To die." He was in tune with the Spirit and always felt Mesquite to be his home. I wonder what place will feel like that to me. Cedar City and Blanding feel a lot like home. Visalia has changed so much but the area I grew up in will always be one of my homes.
Below is the land in Switzerland that my ancestors called home:
Then the land that my grandparents call home: Mesquite/Bunkerville:
Grandpa was buried in Bunkerville.
Parents, grandparents and great grandparents are all buried in this little cemetery:
These are my great-great-grandparents (my Grandpa's grandparents)
Grandpa is buried near them.
This is the memorial for Dudley Leavitt. Not sure how many greats he is.
Matt and I got Grandma a vase of Tab and lifesavers to let her know we love her.
(Mostly it was Matt's idea).
Grandpa's last and biggest concern was that Grandma would be taken care of. Once we was assured that she would be he could move on.
Love you Grandpa. We'll miss you and your cranky ways and silly jokes.
We'll make sure Grandma is cared for.