I’ve been blessed with a new Grandad!!!

First of all I need to make a huge apology for being so slack in my posts…….the last last couple of months have not been the easiest health wise & the whole thought of sitting down & writing posts was just not appealing to this tired & fighting body, but I’ve decided I get so much pleasure from doing them & from all the wonderful responses it seems that so do so many of my followers, so I’m now back on track……GET READY FOR MORE POSTS as I’m certainly not lacking in content!!

So here goes…….you see, it kind of all started with just a simple Christmas card addressed to one of my favourite old residents. For this post were going to call him George and George is just a spring chicken at the young age of 98, hasn’t hit the triple digits yet! George has lived here a while now, he moved in with his wife Pat initially but she passed away close to three years ago now, but George has simply just got on with it, I’m sure missing Pat in the process! Anyway, I just quietly gave George his Christmas card and didn’t think anymore of it. Little did I know what this simple Christmas card would mean to “young” George. His life would clearly never be the same again!

That day at dinner he came up to my table and got as close to my ear as was physically possible and with these beautiful warm tears trickling down his sun weathered face he quietly said to me how touched he was by the words that I wrote in the card and they meant so much to him. He apparently had never read anything like it and he grabbed my hand and squeezed it and squeezed it and squeezed until I thought it was going to fall off. I said to him that I meant every word I wrote and I held him in high regard and he had been a wonderful friend to me since I had arrived at “the establishment”! Well, that was the final straw, the tears that were once a trickle had now become a flood and he proceeded to tell me that all his grandchildren live overseas and he was wondering if he could become my Grandad, which ofcourse meant  that I had the wonderful honour of calling him Grandad, would I be prepared to do that????

Well, Grandad, was my immediate response, ofcourse I would and not only that I would consider it an absolute honour to call such a wonderful man “Grandad”. I don’t know a huge amount about Grandad’s life but I do know he has two daughters in which he adores and I’m sure the relationship is reciprocated as they are here on cafe days taking him down there for his malt shake & toasted sandwhich! His favourite treats on the weekend!

I guess my purpose in writing this is to remind us all that everyone needs to be loved and even if it is something as simple as a name,that name holds so much meaning and even 98 year olds need to know their loved and haven’t been forgotten!

Is there anyone in your life today in need of some special love and perhaps a name????

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6 thoughts on “I’ve been blessed with a new Grandad!!!

  1. Hey Jen. MERRY CHRISTMAS. Your cards are always beautiful. Your words are always so encouraging and uplifting. I can see how Grandpa would have been deeply affected. It is so beautiful how your can fill a need in his life simply by being you. You are a beautiful blessing, and each day looks brighter for Grandpa in his last few years because if your kindness, thoughtfulness and love. Love you Jen – HAPPY BIRTHDAY for tomorrow. Brett xxx

  2. Thanks Brett, you’ve ALWAYS got something so positive & encouraging to say, you really do! Yep, you know me & my cards always got a just incase collection on hand! Thanks for my birthday wishes for tomorrow should be a nice day & will have some time away from “the establishment”! You have a good birthday on the 30th too……scary isn’t it were getting a bit old!

  3. Hey Jen, Mum shared your Christmas letter with me and it has brought back lots of wonderful memories from when we were young. I’ve been following your blog and have enjoyed reading them all.. I would love to get back in touch .merry Christmas and I hope 2014 will be good to you. Take Care. Allison Gorton (Hoy)xxx

  4. My dearest Jenni, You touch so many hearts with your compassion, love and kindness. You have no idea the joy you bring to many including your new Grandad through your acts of thoughtfulness.. Take care my friend love Lisa

  5. Hi Jenni I just found your site and wanted to tell you how great I think it is- great work!! If you could, please email me when you see this so I can ask you something. Thanks!

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