My dad just called, my Grandpa Bucky just past away. As of a few days ago, we knew it was coming soon. I am so sad. I love my Grandpa Bucky so much! I'm glad my dad and my two aunts got to say goodbye. About 6 weeks ago I got to visit him twice at his care center in Fullerton CA. For an hour on a Saturday, then I had the strongest feeling I needed to go back, so I went again on Sunday, this time for 2 1/2 hours. I'm so glad I got to have that special time with him. I am so glad I got to spend my whole life so far knowing him. Without even aspiring, we was the coolest Grandpa. He was quiet, but fun. Smart, but not cocky. Talented, but humble. He lived his life to help my Grandma Kay and his 3 kids. Family was priority to him. He was a hardworker, always fixing or building things. He was a Marine. He made the best peanut brittle in the world. For all of his grandkids he was so generous, especially around our birthday and christmas. He was a game player... cards, dominos, cribbage, or just making them up for us kids. When we'd visit him in Long Beach, he'd always have the hot tub ready for us. After a long day at Disneyland, he and Grandma would be there at the end to ride the train with us. He loved good music and has the biggest 8 track collection I know of. When he'd come to visit us in Utah during the holidays, he'd always be shoveling the snow in his Member's Only jacket. He drove a cadillac (to make my Grandma happy). He'd get mad at me for watching too much TV (and I did). He's a Jersey Boy. He helped me understand the phrase "there's always room for dessert". He'd always have an Odules with his spaghetti. He'd take me to Dodger games and shell peanuts together. My Grandma and him would always talk to me on the phone together. I know he enjoyed being a grandpa.
When I was with him 6 weeks ago, I got to help feed him. I looked down at his tray and on a little card it said what he liked to eat for each meal. I noticed that for breakfast it said "cold cereal with bananas". The bananas had to be IN the cereal. Because of my grandpa, I love that too. I love a lot of things because of my grandpa.
Although my grandpa never totally believed in an eternal family and that we will all be together again one day, I do. I know he is with the person he loved most of all right now, my grandma. I know I will be with them again one day. I miss those two. My reunion with them will be an exciting one.
It's difficult to sum up a grandpa you love so much, and I know I could write so much more. But I think that is all I have in me right now because I can't stop crying. I love you Grandpa Bucky!