Monday, June 8, 2009

Teh Most Awesomest

No, that's not some movie tough guy; that's Poppa! My mom gave me this picture while I was down in So. Cal. for the day on Friday.

Doesn't he look awesome?? I had never seen this picture before and had only known him as a mid-50's+ grandpa. Of course, I started paying attention to stuff when he was in his 60's and 70's, so I know him best as a gentleman quite a bit older than this picture shows.

So, my whirlwind trip to Cali went just fine. I left Indy at 6 am (EDT) Friday, went to the Memorial service at 2 pm (PDT), left at 6:30 pm(PDT), and arrived back in Indy at 5:40 am(EDT), Saturday.

I got to see some relatives that I hadn't seen in years! Of course, I got to see my mom, but I also got to see Great Aunts Flo and Leila, Great Uncle Ken, and numerous second cousins.

I got up during the sharing part of the service and gave a synopsis of what I wrote in my post here about Poppa. Everyone who shared added to the honor of the moment, and we all agree that each of us was blessed by his life. I only hope that I can affect the people that I come into contact with like Poppa did. Everyone he met saw what a genuine, honest man he was.

It's not hard to look at that picture and see the twinkle that was always in his eye and the half grin that seemed to always be affixed to his face.


Anonymous said...

You have a Great Aunt Flo too?

Daxenos said...

Yeppers! Florine Martin. When I saw her, I gave her a hug and said hi. She responded with, "You were always my favorite!"

I threw that in pretty much everyone's face for the rest of the day including the airline flight attendants, the ticket counter people, and a janitor that was cleaning out the bathroom in Vegas.