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O-n-e H-u-n-d-r-e-d

In Birthday, Family on July 20, 2014 at 12:38 am

Twenty one years ago Grandpa and I woke up in the morning. He was visiting us in Wisconsin from California, so I was lucky enough to sleepover with him in the guest room and, as the sun rose through the curtains, plan what we would do that day.

As Grandpa was getting up, I stayed curled under the covers with something nagging at the tip of my tongue. I’d been thinking about it since waking up. I was scared – I thought it was a mean question – but I had to ask.

“Grandpa, you’re gonna die soon.”

“No, I’m going to live to be 100.”

As simple as truth. And together we laughed, thankful for how many years, long years, we had to look forward to together.

We laughed about that conversation for years, as I grew into a woman and Grandpa moved back to the Midwest, when we spent Friday night dinners together or had him to the house – as Grandpa stayed healthy into his 90’s and it looked like his promise would come true, after all.

Shortly before Grandpa passed away one morning in May at the start of this new century, Mom went to visit him in hospice, and he smiled and pressed her hand and said he’d give us “9 years of dreams.”

Today is Grandpa’s 100th birthday. Towards the end of Grandpa’s life, he would ask me something. He asked that as the years went by and I grew up even more that I would “Remember Grandpa.”

Until I’m 100.