Friday, 26 March 2010

My Little Grandad



Passed away early this morning. We're so relieved he didn't suffer for long, and his hospital visit was short - and we got to see him.

Our Grandad was such a character. He was my biggest fan, stopping anyone in Tesco to tell them what I was doing. He was so proud, it makes my heart ache.

We'll all miss him, and I apologise for any unanswered emails or messages - but well, this has been why. And also why I'm not travelling up to Birmingham today, couldn't face another drive - I'm abit weary.

I'm glad he was our Grandad, he was always there to get us out of any trouble, which meant we could take risks maybe others may not have been able to do - he was our safety net. And we have so many memories, really funny ones. We'll all really miss him. He was just always there.

Getting olds abit rubbish isn't it......but doesn't it make you realise how precious every day is.

Well, don't want to make my readers sad, so I'll share a funny story from the hospital when we were visiting (thankfully, as a family I think we've always found something to laugh at - keeps you sane doesn't it). As we were leaving my gran stopped on seeing a couple who did stand out from the crowd (she looked as if she may have been a lady of the night with her man!), anyhow, not to far from them Gran stated "funny what you see when you haven't got your gun" - laughing!! Never heard that expression before - bloody glad she didn't have her gun, can you imagine. So that'll be my new expression I recon - cracker isn't it. She was actually really funny, did loads of stuff to make us laugh amongst all the sadness. My little Gran.

43 comments:

topsyjane said...

I am so sorry to read this Leonie sending love & hugs to you,
Janet

Stamperlou said...

My thoughts are with you & your family. Condolences on your loss.

Joanne said...

Oh Leonie. I am so very sorry. Grandads are so precious. Just glad you have laughter in your memories. I do remember you mentioning your grandad a few times and saying how proud of you he was. I also remember you telling us of the funny Xmas pressies you bought for him. You are very lucky that he was part of you and you of him. Hugs xxx

Meghans nana said...

Leonie , im so sorry for your loss.
I sadly never got to know both my grandads. Im not going to say you were lucky....its just life isnt it?.
I hope you have some LOVELY memories in your heart that you can carry around with you forever and he wont be alone will he , he will have Jacob to play with x x
Much love and hugs
Tracey x x

Debo said...

So sorry for the loss of your grandad.
I hope your laughter helps you through.

Debo said...

So sorry for the loss of your grandad.
I hope your laughter can help you through this dificult time.

Hazel (Didos) said...

LOL your Gran sounds like my Gran, I am so sorry for your loss, Big Hugs to you and all the Family especially Gran Take Care Hxoxox

Joy said...

Big HUGS, Leonie!!! As you say, at least he isn't in pain anymore & the hospital visit was short but still doesn't make it any easier does it. Thank heavens for memories... From the things you've shared with us, he sounds a great guy.
And your gran sounds ab-fab! I actually laughed out loud when I read that.
You take care, my dear. xxx

Sandra said...

Oh Leonie, So sad to hear about your loss and so in awe of how you keep so cheerful about things whatever comes your way.
I wish I were more like you.
big hugs to you and your family,
more hugs
Sandra x

Foil Play said...

So sorry to hear of your loss, Leonie - I bet your Grandad was really proud of you. {{Hugs}}

Mandi said...

Im so sory leonie
Grandads are very special
I still think of mine, he has a special place in my heart, even after over 30 years

Hugs xx

May said...

So sorry to hear about your Grandad thinking of you all May

Sharon Duncan said...

So sorry to hear your news Leonie, I'm sure he is at peace now and you managed to spend some time with him before he moved on.

Love and hugs

Sharon
x

Crafters Corner said...

So sad to hear your news Leonie, but laughed at your Nan. I have heard the expression many times, but she really picked her moment!

sam said...

sorry to hear your sad news hun but you have so many fab memories from the sounds of it, you'll get by - especially with a nan like that.
Take care sweetie
Sam x

Anonymous said...

so sad Leonnie but our grandparents always leave us with something to remember them with even though we are not aware of it at the time Take care Jean x

Terrie B x said...

Hiya Beautiful Leonie..aw how lovely...so precious are our memories....
Sending lots of love to you always..
`Thinking of you`so sorry for your loss...xxx
Terrie & Scott XXX

Jak said...

Such sad news. It seems you are having a pretty tough time lately. You are right though, what a fab saying, lol! I'm definitely going to use that one too.
Take Care, Jak x

Maggie J said...

Hello Leonie I'm sorry to hear the sad news about your grandad you are having an eventful time in the last year aren't you and not all of it good. However, it seems that grandad had a good life which is to be thankful for and you obviously have some lovely memories of him. love Maggie (York)

lesleyanne said...

so sorry to hear your sad news Leonie
hugs to you and your family
lesley xx

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear of your loss. Sending you warm and healing thoughts.

dijit

Diane Marsh said...

Hugs Leonie,

Keep him alive in your head and your heart always by talking about him and to him often....

jacky said...

Hi Leonie, I am so sorry to here that your Grandad has died. I never knew my grandparents but have lost loved ones and can imagine how you are feeling. As other people have said - keep him alive in your memories of all the good times you have had. Sending you lots of hugs, Jacky

Smiffy's Particrafting adventures said...

Oh Leonie, that's so sad. Mind you, I know what you mean about people saying things that make you laugh when it's the saddest time. When my hubby passed away his mother came to the chapel of rest with me to say goodbye and she said "Ooh, doesn't he look well!"
I had to say to her that I'd seen him looking better!!
I'll be thinking of you and your family. Hugs, Pam xx

furrypig said...

Just to say I am thinking of you and so glad you have managed to laugh together during this difficult time, happy memories are soooo important xxx

margaret said...

Leonie sorry to hear about your loss, thinking of you and all your family at this time

margaret

Jan said...

Thinking of you & your family, Leonie, So sad to hear about your loss
xx Jan

Anonymous said...

Sorry to read this Leonie, you are really having a bad time right now. Hope soon you can turn that corner, and come out smiling,well I see you smiling loads on TV anyway. But we can all smile and hide a million problems eh.
Take care, and love the Gun story, Might have to get one of them myself, hee he

Chin up, Life can be S*** sometimes.
Pat.xx

starcyl said...

Leonie so very sorry to hear about your grandad but as you say that's life and you were very lucky to have known him for so long.
Your gran sounds like my mum that's exactly the kind of thing she would say and to be honest I have said myself more than once. Sometimes life is horrid but we don't have another option, take heart that his suffering was short and he will be watching over you.

Jenny x

Shirley Davis said...

You are so right about the humour that gets us all through. Today we are scattering my Dad's ashes on his Mum's grave. It'll be sad but he is currently sitting on the piano.

You take good care, sweet Leonie.

Anesha said...

Really sorry for your loss. Hugs Anesha

Sandie said...

I'm so sorry for yoour loss Leonie. I never knew either of my Grandfathers, both dies before I was born and there's only so much other people can tell you about them. Actually having your OWN memories will hurt for a while - any loss hurts; but in time, those memories will be ones to treasure close to you. XXX

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear of your loss, thinking of you

elaine said...

My thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time leonie xx

Debsg said...

I'm so sorry to hear your sad news Leonie. I remember you talking very fondly of your Grandad and how he was so proud of you being on TV. Sending you love and hugs xx

chrissie's crafts said...

So very sorry Leonie for your loss
Love and hugs
Chrissie x

Simone said...

I am sorry to hear your sad news Leonie. I think somehow we have to make laughter at times of tragedy. I think its our coping mechanism. I love your grans saying. I may have to use it!!!x

Doodles said...
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Doodles said...

Sorry for the removed message i spelt something wrong.


Condolences on your loss Leonie, I lost my Gran this year so i know how awful it is to loss granparents thats both my sets gone now. It is Rubbish getting older but i guess we just keep the good times in our hearts and try and get through the best we can. NO wonder your granda was proud of you , You have achieved a lot and are shining more and more each time your on air . Congrats and well done sweetheart.
lots of love to yu and your family keep the laughter in your heart your granda will be with you on all your shows now i am sure x

jordiegirl said...

Sorry I missed this post when it was first published.

Just had to add my condolences to everyone else's for you.

I never knew my dad's parents, and my mam's parents both died when I was only three. I have always been envious of others who have had grandparents for a long time and it sounds like you have some super memories of your little granddad. Cherish those forever.

Your little grandma sounds wonderful, making you laugh with her little quip at such a sad time for her.

Love and hugs to you and your family.
Yvonne

Leon said...

happened to surf into blog randomly .. and saw your lovely postings

ya you are right, live is short and everyday is precious!

Hope you can move on with life


Regards from singapore!
Leon
http://hanleong.blogspot.com

Christine said...

soo soo sorry Leonnie to here of your grandad, love and hugs to you and your family.

Christine x

Julie said...

So sorry to hear of your loss, love and hugs go to you and your family. xxx