These two got married.
Grandpa just out of the Navy from WW2 and Grandma at home with her parents had just graduated from high school a year before.
They dated about 6 months when Grandpa knew that Grandma was the one. They got married and had $75 to their name. Grandpa went to a local thrift store and bought two forks, two knives and two spoons and a few plates. He found a couch that had been burned on one end and cut it off and repaired it to work as the couch for their home. They lived in my Grandma’s sisters basement in Martinez Ca.
Grandma moved to California during the war with her family. Times were really hard and there were more opportunities in the west. They were from Oklahoma. Grandma shared stories of picking cotton when she was a child, and how it hurt her hands.
Grandpa had a tragic child hood, filled with death, separation from his 3 sisters and abuse from an uncle. In later years he found forgiveness for all of it.
These two people grew together as one. They built a home with 4 daughters, who later had 7 children, and those grandchildren gave them 7 more great grandchildren. All of whom are loved from the depths of their soul.
They built a home in Plymouth Ca on 40 acres when my Grandpa retired from Shell Oil.
Today they would’ve been married 69 years.
In January my Grandma went home to be with the Lord. I miss her every single day.
Grandpa misses her all the time. He says he even still looks for her.
I can’t imagine how hard today must be for him. I find myself not knowing what to do. Do I acknowledge the day and tell him how sorry I am, or do I let it pass by unmentioned in hopes that avoiding bringing it up will help him?
I know she is with angels looking down at all of us. I know she would not want us to be sad or feel lonely for her. But it’s hard Grandma, we miss your laugh, we miss your smile and all your gentle ways.
I thought I would reshare this video that I made a long time ago.
They are two of the most precious and incredible people that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. They taught me how to love and how to be loved. They taught me so many things about life and that family is always paramount.
I am so thankful to still have Grandpa, and though he would tell you his days are numbered, I think he will be with us for a very long time.