I posted this previously on my (now much neglected) Moblog but after visiting my grandparents tonight I wanted to share it here too.
My Grandad is really poorly again, I live in fear of the day he will no longer be around – he was is and always will be one of the main men in my life and I love him lots.
A Family Photo
This photo was taken before I was born, we think around 1978/79. It has all the most important men from my childhoodÂ included in it, It’s like a capsule containing my whole life history!
This man is Pete. He’s my Dad….
….He died suddenly in 1985, IÂ was only 4. One day he was here, the next he was gone – I don’t miss him all the time – that sounds harsh but it’s true – I was too young to reallyÂ appreciateÂ what I had and then it was gone. Â I never had the chance to get to know the man my dad was growing up and only really started questioning my roots as I got older. I missed having a Dad and the paternal side to my family more than I missed the man that was Peter Jennings – I just wasn’t given theÂ opportunityÂ to know him and I think I grieve for that more than I do for him at times.
This man is Tony, my maternal Grandad….
..My sister and I went with my MomÂ and lived with my grandparents for a short while after my Dad passed away. Â My Mom needed the space and a chance to grieve and recover from the shock of becoming aÂ widow and single parent overnight. We were only there for a couple of months but the effects lasted a lifetime.
While everyone else was pushing their luck and hearing “You justÂ wait until you father gets home!!” This is the man I was I had to wait to get home, I adored him as a child, he was my Grandad, my stand in father figure and my friend, as a small girl I would often climb the tree by the bus stop and wait for him to get home from work when he’d scoop me up and carry me home on his shoulders, as a teen he had the best technique for help towel dry hair and as a young adult, pregnant andÂ sufferingÂ from morning sickness he made the only thing IÂ couldÂ stomache, the most divine poached egg on toast!
HeÂ was, and still is my rock and I know I couldÂ still go to him for anything! He’s been with me FOREVER!
Now this man is Dave, he was one of Dad’s very good friends before his death and now he isÂ now my Stepdad!
My Mom and Dave got together when I was 14 and married inÂ 2001 when I was 20. When he moved in we were going through my Dads vinyl record collection together and Dave pulled our a couple of records that had actually belonged to him.
I truly would not wish for her to be with anyone else! HeÂ is a fantastic Dad to me, my sister and brother and a devoted Grandad to Jordan. Â He’s supported my Mom through thick and thin and cared for us all for years and I’m glad itÂ was him my mom married!