I went to Washington State for the whole Thanksgiving week. That’s one good thing about my job, I get a lot of days off (granted, many of them I don’t get paid for, but it’s a trade off I suppose). We stayed with Gene’s parents and had an overall lovely time. I hadn’t been back since I left to move to Colorado over two and a half years ago. It had been too long. I need to visit Washington more often. Especially since I have friends on the West side that deserve a visit.
It was during that week, however, that my grandpa died. He was 83. He died the day before my birthday. Parkinson’s took his life away. I wish it hadn’t. But if it wasn’t that, it would have been something else. You can’t escape death. Knowing that doesn’t help my sadness, though. I still miss him. I am sad, knowing that I’m never going to see him again. He was such a great grandpa.
Death is stupid. We should have figured it out by now. Although we have extended life by leaps and bounds from the start of human history, I still want more.
I went to his funeral last week. It was very sad. He had a military funeral for his service in the Air Force. It was beautiful and so very sad. So final.
I did have good moments while in Texas though. I got to see the majority of my extended family, and that was wonderful. It made the sad parts more bearable I think. I hope I can see them again sooner rather than later, I love my family.
So I’m back in Colorado now. Back to work. Back to daily life. It’s probably a good thing, to have a routine, to have a schedule. But it still feels slightly wrong.
I don’t want to end this post on a sad note. Happy things still exist in life. Death is just a crappy part that we all have to deal with at some point, but it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy life knowing that it’s coming. I’m going to see a high school musical this weekend. And I’m going to hang out with my dad and maybe go to a Christmas market. So that should be enjoyable. Perhaps I’ll get off my butt and actually write about it! 😉