Monday, September 29, 2008

In Loving Memory

Our beloved Joseph Dale Smith returned to be with our Heavenly Father on September 27, 2008 after a hard fight against leukemia. Dale had many titles; Husband, Father, Brother, Uncle and Friend, but to me he was just Grampy. He was one of the best men I've ever known and I feel so blessed to have had him be such a huge part of my life.
Change was a large part of my childhood but there was one thing I could always count on. My grandma and grandpa were such a constant for me. Always there to love and support me. He never had to say much, he was usually just a quiet presence in the room. And when he did say something it was often some dry bit of humor that I loved. I've never heard one person say so many funny things.
Each time I came over I knew I could find him in one of three places; the couch, the computer playing solitaire, or out in his garden. He loved that garden. He had such a knack for growing things, it was just amazing. I'm sure he's so happy now. He gets to create way more than just a backyard garden.
Over the past few days I have asked myself over and over "What will I do without him? This man was like a father to me." And the answer is always clear . "You'll just keep living." We will all just keep living. We will learn to go on without him until the day we die and he is there waiting for us with that hug we all wish we could have had before he left. I will never forget you pa, your soft wrinkled face which was the best for giving kisses too, your strong hugs, or your big heart. I can not wait for the day I'll get to see your sweet face again. I love you.


Cardwell said...

What a beautiful tribute to your grandpa. :) We are so lucky to have the gospel to know that you will see him again.


Janeen said...

Jess, I read your tribute to your grandpa in tears. I know how special your grandparents are to you. I pray for you...your family...your grandma. Love and stuff, Janeen and Owen