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Today was my grandfather’s birthday. I have written about my grandpa before, and mentioned that he passed away when I was just five years old. My grandpa is still a huge influence in my life, and I always stop to think about what he would say to me in big life decisions if he were here. Today is a special day that my mom and I bond over each year, and a time to remember what a special man that my grandpa was.
The dates that we associate specifically with my grandpa are pretty amazing. He was born on September 9th — 9/9 — and he died on July 7th — 7/7 — so I think those are pretty special days. I think that all year long, but on these particular days especially, it’s important for us to talk about my grandpa, and share memories or information about him with my siblings, who unfortunately never got to meet him. My little sisters now recognize my grandpa in pictures, and they’ll point to him and say, “Hey, that’s our grandpa,” which is really nice to see.
We used to release a balloon for my grandpa each year when I was younger, but as I got older, this became more of a day for reflection than for doing something to signify the day. I think I prefer to just remember my grandpa in my own way, not celebrate with everyone else.
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