Saturday, July 25, 2009

A sad and unexpected hiatus

Grandpa with horns

I will be on a hiatus from posting for a while. I have wrestled all day with whether this grief should be private, but since I have blogged about his amazing stamp collection many times, I have decided to share with a heavy heart that I lost my wonderful grandfather this morning. (I posted about his stamps, and spoke of him in the present tense, only yesterday.) I will be joining family to attend the funeral, and I don't know how long I'll be away from blog posting. I may have internet access but at the moment I just don't have the heart to post pretty letter photos, or even to write any letters.

My apologies to everyone who is awaiting a letter from me... the delay is going to continue for a while longer. Thank you for your patience.

This photo of him is from 2002, when he was in better health. It showcases his fiesty, lively personality to a tee. He always liked to put funny things on his head, or funny hats on, and so I brought these horns to a Thanksgiving dinner in 2002. He modeled the horns with more flair than anyone else in the family.

19 comments:

  1. He reminds me of my late father, who passed away in 2003.

    May he rest in peace.

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  2. Please accept my condolences. I can see that your grandfather is a most wonderful man; he will remain a part of your life forever, but that does not take away from the pain and anguish you must now feel.

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  3. Your grandpa looks very nice! I'm sorry you lost him. It's okay you'll be on hiatus. You should be with your family. You like letters, so write a letter to your granpa. Than, burn it. The smoke will go up to the heaven and tell your grandpa your message. I think that works. And your grandpa will be happy.

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  4. I am so very sorry for your loss. I just found your blog today and am enjoying it. I've read the numerous mentions of your grandfather and can tell how much he means to you. My condolences to you and your family.

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  5. Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that! My condolences to you and your family! I will miss your postings, but your time off is totally understandable. Best wishes to you.

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  6. My condolences on the loss of your grandfather. No need for apologies - go take as long as you need to be with your family. We'll still be here when you get back.

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  7. Thank you, everyone, for your kind thoughts. I do appreciate them.

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  8. Oh, I'm so sorry to hear your beloved grandfather passed away. My condolences to you and yours. Take your time. That picture of him is really nice. He looked like a very nice man.

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  9. My heart goes out to you.

    Grieve as you must. But please come away from it, with all your wonderful memories. You know he would want you to do just that.

    Gentle hugs,
    'Dear you,'
    'Aunt Amelia'

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  10. So sad for your loss. May you find your grandfather resonating forever in your life through your shared interests and many wonderful memories.

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  11. Please accept my sincerest condolences. You do what you need to do - we'll all still be here when you get back.

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  12. please accept condolenscens on the loss of your dear grandpa . I will pray for you and your family during this time of loss .

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  13. Ilona, words can't express how sorry I am to read that your grandfather is dead. He sounded like a very fun grandfather to have and be around. Don't worry about taking as much time as you need to grieve for him. We'll all be here when you get back.

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  14. My sympathies to you and your family for your loss. My grandfather passed away 8 years ago and I still miss him --- it's nice to have such sweet memories of your time together.

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  15. So sorry to hear about your grandfather. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

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  16. I found your blog while searching for pictures of pretty envelopes. I recently lost my grandfather as well and I will always miss him. I don't know you, but I sincerely wish you all the best.

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