My Unraveling Hero

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I look up to my 82 year old grandfather more than he will ever know. He has been the most consistent male figure in my life. I have nothing but good things to say about this man. He’s always been a hard worker, devoted husband to my grandmother (passed away) and a fantastic father/grandfather. He saw my very ill grandmother through to the end. He attended doctors appointments, dialysis and was the sole provider for the family. He has always been there for my mother or my siblings and I in times of trouble. I only hope to be half the person that he is someday.

Over the last few years we’ve grown a little distant. I’ve grown up and changed. He has a new lady friend. Basically life has just moved on and become increasingly hectic. Recently however, I was given the news that my papa had been diagnosed with alzheimers disease. Even though the family saw it coming it breaks my heart.

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One thing I love is seeing my papa light up when he sees his great grandchildren. Sometimes it’s a few weeks between but I always notice his spirits lift when the kiddos are around. I’m not sure how long he will remember them or even myself, so we have been trying to visit more.

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The last visit kiddo had with his great papa was heartwarming for me to watch. My son was so excited to help his papa “do wood” and papa was excited to teach kiddo. I don’t know who enjoyed the experience more!

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Watching my son and my grandfather interact brought a tear to my eye. I hope that I get to keep this amazing man for a little while longer. I’m not ready for him to unravel like a scarf just yet. The idea of him forgetting who we are scares me. So for now, I’m making as many new memories as I can.

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