Tuesday, January 04, 2011

turning pages and missing my granddad

I don't usually write such personal things but I have been missing and thinking of my granddad more than ever lately and today would have been his 101 birthday!
He was and is a true angel and hero of my life. Strong, kind, funny, loving, true. He used to get up in the wee hours to prepare us traditional Birchermüesli. He knew a lot about health food yet had a great love for sweets and was an amazing baker. Even though his background did not allow him to go to university and he's had to work since childhood, he was a scholar at heart. I got my love for books and learning from my granddad.What I remember most about my grandpa is his contentment with the small things, his contentment with his life. I would ask him to read to me when I wanted to sleep. His dear voice was so monotone and calming it was sometimes the only thing that could make me fall asleep.
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He worked at the post office and as a book binder. He loved the precision and meditative aspect of this beautiful craft.
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5 comments:

Loulou said...

this is so beautiful. thanks for sharing

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

I love this post. I was missing my grandmother just today... they always leave us too soon...

If Jane said...

wonderful that you wrote this...and i am sure so much of him is in you.

Anonymous said...

Bin im Hüsli und lese Grandpas Bücher "Lebenserfolg". He did not have to go to university, he was a autadictate. Grüsse Onkelbrüetsch

Starr Crow said...

this is such a beautiful post. i loved reading every second of it.