Wednesday, March 24, 2010

In Memoriam: One Year Later

Today marks the 1st year of my grandfather's passing. In the days towards the end he was in a pretty sad shape and in great pain, having suffering complications from pneumonia and all we could do is to let him go off rather than putting more pain for him.

A few days ago, during a courtesy visit, one of my uncles told me that he saw grandpa in dreams, in heaven, with his favorite sarong. I lent him a box of old photos that my late grandmother kept. When he went through the photos, he took one of the black and white ones and told me of the image he saw in visions. At least I was grateful to hear that my sweet grandpa is well taken care by God up there.

Sadly he didn't get to see new additions to the family, as those happened six months after his passing. But we, the family really missed him so much.

Anyhow, my aunt actually adapted a poem from James Kisner called "In My Eyes" (original text here) but changed to reflect his. Quite interesting to read really. At least now I remembered what was his favorite song :)

He's rough and lacks in etiquette
Society would say
He has no classy attributes... See More
To help him on his way

He's not a fancy dresser
And he's just trimmed and neat
With simple clothes and simple shoes
He wears upon his feet.

He doesnt belong to a club
Or drive a shiny car
And when he takes vacations
He does not go very far.

He doesnt dine on fine cuisine
To him eating something western is a treat
And he may use a plastic fork
When it is time to eat.

He has a modest little house
But has all that he needs
He keeps his house spick and span
He even mops the floor till it sparkles!

He works long hours at his job
To make an average pay
And even if he's sick or tired
He goes to work each day
Thinking of the 6 mouths he has to feed

His job is just a government jobj
His pay just makes ends meet
But a few good friends and family
Makes his life complete.

He's not well versed in poetry
Theater or the arts
But Acker Bilk is his favourite
"Strangers on the shore" was the song

He loves the simple things in life
For riches doesnt thirst
He knows what is important
And his family is put first

The wealth that God has given him
To treasure in his life
Loving sons and daughters,
Grandchildren and great grandsons
And a very special wife.

He never has much money
And his life is not a show
But he is still the RICHEST MAN
That I will ever know.

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