Today I had the honor of celebrating my Grandfather’s 90th birthday with him. I don’t get to spend a lot of time with my Grandpa these days now that we live so far apart, so it was extra special to be able to be with him for such a great milestone.
Even though today was his actual birthday we had already celebrated previously this weekend with all of our extended family congregating in Cincinnati Ohio – where my grandpa lives – to throw a big party for him. It was wonderful to get together with everyone and spend the time. It was more than just a birthday party, it was a much needed family reunion.
Sadly, everyone else left at the end of the weekend. The campground became quieter and quieter while we waved to each car load of loved ones as they drove off. The Professor and the Princess would tell us how much they missed each person a few minutes after the car was out of site. They especially enjoyed hanging out with their cousins and even though they were sad to say good bye, they were glad we were staying a couple more days.
As a child I never really appreciated my grandpa like I do now. Back then I didn’t seem to have time to listen to all he had to say, but now I cherish every word he speaks. He is full of wisdom and experience and stories of the past. He is kind and thoughtful and he has a wonderful sense of humour. He is also extremely talented when it comes to playing the piano. I have fond memories of listening to him play for us and tonight it was like stepping back in time as I listened to him play once again.
I would love to be able to do it all again next year!