remembering…. my forever Valentine

when I think of Valentine’s Day, do I think of the ususal…such as:

flowers?

Chocolate?

Romance?

Gifts?

Nope….nope…..nope…..and nope. 

on Valentine’s Day, 10 years ago, my beloved Grandfather died. I remember that day like it was yesterday…how I cried my eyes out as my heart broke. I was 21 and not ready to lose my Grandpa. 

Last summer after my grandma passed away, my mum found a note (on the cutest Hello Kitty Stationary) that I had given my grandparents when I was 4 years old. She gave it to me and I filed it away with some photos, totally forgeting about it. A couple days ago I came across it again when I was cleaning up.  Funnily enough, I had given it to them on Valentine’s Day, 27 years ago. I noticed when I looked really close at my printing, I could see that my sister had written the words lightly in pencil underneath, so she must have had me write ontop, haha. 

The card says: Dear Grandma and Grandpa. Thank you for this writing paper and stickers, fun dip, sucker pen, tape n such. Oh the card. Love chickie Jessica

Lol!! This just makes me laugh. I still love stickers, tape n such. (ha! what was “n such” I wonder!), and still having the sweet tooth I had back then, I even love Fun Dips still. Always a kid a heart. “chickie” was a nickname my grandparents called me. 

me in 1982

 

This photo sits on my bookshelf amongst many mini albums and other family photos. This was my grandpa about a year before he died (holding one of my pet chinchillas). 

I miss him lots, but I’m thankful to have many many fond memories of him. He’s my forever Valentine.