Yesterday at work I recieved a phone call. It was one of these weird moments when you see a number, or in this case no number on the display, and you know something is about to happen. Something just ain´t right.
I answered. It was my uncle. The minute he said it was him I knew what was wrong.
My grandpa passed away that night. He had a heart attack.
Tears came out of my eyes, my heart broke and ten thousands of thoughts went through my mind.
My uncle asked me if I could call my dad and my brother and sisters to let them know since he didn´t catch any of them on the phone. So I went back into "function-mode". I called them. Now I was the one passing on an unbelievable sad message, that would change their lifes as well.
Grandpa was 88. Most of his life was great I think! He was married to the best woman ever, my grandma. He had 2 wonderful kids, my mom and my uncle.
Then my mom died. And that broke his heart. Then his wife died... And after that we all thought he might be next, cause he changed so bad and was so OLD and confused for months.
But then he was doing great again! He even told me one day, that I should never try calling him between 9AM and 9PM since he´s on the road doing this and that during this time :)
Grandpa was the best. He taught me how to swim. And man that must have been one of the hardest things ever since I was such a sissy when it came to water :oD
Grandpa went hiking with us. He knew so much about everything! Trees, plants, landscapes, countries. We were digging us through old bomb craters that were still there from WW2 just to find some fossilizations. And yes, we found loads, loads of them!
Grandpa took us to Belgium just to have fries in the country that invented them!
Grandpa took us to swamps, to show us how fast rubber boots can disappear in there!
Grandpa showed us how to solve crossword puzzles! And how to cheat on them!
Grandpa was proud when we started collecting stamps from all over the world as well!
Grandpa was the best gardener in the whole wide world!
Grandpa was the marriage registrar when my parents married!
Grandpa almost choked while watching "Dinner for one". He would laugh so hard, that his face turned red and he could barely breath anymore!
Grandpa had a ship in a bottle on his desk!
Grandpa even had an anchor tatoo on his arm from way back in the days when he was a sailor!
It feels so weird knowing he´s gone now. I keep thinking I should have been there more often. Should have called more often. But at least I remember the last time I was talking to him, I told him that I love him. And I am pretty sure he knew that!
I will miss him. A lot.
Growing up sucks.