Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Man Who Stole My Heart

Breakfast at IHop and lunch at Westlake Joe's
Drives down the coastline where nobody goes
Coffee ice cream and "rigged" game shows
These were a few of his favorite things.
Words of wisdom, unconditional love, and endless entertainment is what my grandfather gave to me over the course of my life. It comes as no surprise that any friend of mine that met Nono was instantly jealous that I got to call him mine. I wish I could have witnessed my grandfather in his younger years as he was magnetic, energetic, and a real lady killer at age 94- I can't imagine him in his youth!
I connected with Nono on so many levels. He really was my beloved favorite. He offered me guidance and would continually advise me how to live my life in a more enjoyable manner. Nono was the grandpa that would slip me $20 and tell me to spend it ALL in one place. Nono was the grandpa who taught me how to give the old 1-2 punch. And Nono was the grandpa that loved me so genuinely that I could never do wrong in his eyes.
Nono always wanted me to enjoy life, slow down, and see the world around me. Clearly after 94 years of life, I think he was onto something. Crowd your life with an abundance of unexpected joys and live every moment to the fullest. May you always be happy and rejoice for the life you live. And when I find myself missing my Nono and getting sad, I simply remember his favorite things, and then I don't feel so bad.
These are the floral arrangements that were made with extra love for my Nono. Family and friends will be celebrating his life in true Italian style- a big party with a lot of good food, love, and of course vino!

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