I will being picking a random person every day, using a random number generator. But today, on my first day, I wanted to start with this guy. My Pop Pop. Besides my parents, he has been the most influential person in my life. He lived a long and full life. But he still went too soon. 150 years-old would have been too soon. I wish he could be here to celebrate my birthday.
I remember his trips to Pennsylvania with his trunks full of apples. I remember his sheep dogs. I remember the letters (actual real letters, not e-mails) he would write me when I was in college. He was never afraid to tell me he was proud of me, which always made me so happy. Praise from Pop Pop was the best kind of praise.
"He had the gift of stopping time & listening well so that it was easy to hear who we could become & that was the future he held safe for each of us in his great heart. you may ask, what now? & I hope you understand when we speak softly among ourselves & do not answer just yet for our future is no longer the same without him."