Today was a tough one. Today we said goodbye to my Dear Grandpa Lacy. Even though tears were shed and emotions were flattened, I have to remind myself of what a wonderful life he lived and that his life is truly a celebration. Within the last year we were fortunate enough to celebrate both his and my Grandma's 90th birthdays, and their 71st wedding anniversary. It was Seventy-One amazing years ago that they said their I Do's.
There are many things I will remember about my dear Grandpa. Most of all, I will cherish the sound of his voice. The way he would sing as he and Grandma would play for churches, nursing homes, and most memorable to me: the Lacy House every Christmas. The way his eyes would light up and the smile on his face every time he sang Up on the Roof Top, the Arkansas Valley, and Doggy in the Window.
The way he had that magic twinkle in his eye with a smile just for me. The way that their music would bring us together as we all clapped and sang along. The two step and waltz of my parents as they danced around the living room as Grandpa sang Waltz Across Texas. The sound of his voice as he would sing or whistle while washing the dishes...with the rag over his shoulder and a sway in his step. The sound of his voice as he would hum a little tune every morning as he would shave his whiskers. The smile on his face, as I would come down the stairs each morning as he drank his cup of joe and bowl of cereal. And the love that he had for each grandchild, great-grand child, my parents, and his wife.
My Grandpa and Grandma are an inspiration. Their love and marriage of 71 years is something I am so proud to share and look up to. And I wish for everyone to have someone in their life just as loving, caring, and special, as I did in him. It is hard to say goodbye, to my Dear Grandpa Lacy. But I can't help but have a smile on my face, as I imagine his warm hug, his kiss on the cheek, and the love in his heart.
Song on the blog:
Could I have This Dance - Anne Murray
Waltz Across Texas - Ernest Tubb