Today was a sad day for our family. Your last great-grandparent, my grandfather, Great Poppey passed away. We, you included, got to see him and tell him goodbye on Tuesday when he was moved to Hospice. You told him about making monster cookies in Cooking at school, and I got to hold his hand and tell him how much we loved him.
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Tonight, Daddy and I have spent time sitting in the living room, looking at old photos and reminiscing about Great Poppey, all the grands and great grands and family in general. I've found photos of my great-grandmother (we called her Mommoo), all of my grandparents, and these photos and memories of generations of our family made me realize, yet again, how lucky I am. I, like you, have had the love of my great-grandparents and grandparents. This love helped make me the person I am today, and I know that your grandparents and great grandparents are having as much of an influence on you. They are leaving an imprint on you like footprints, to use your very own words. Those footprints will shape you into a better person, and I am humbled to get to watch that develop.
While we will most definitely miss Great Poppey, we know that he is in Heaven with your Great-Grandma Davis, your Great-Grandma and Great-Grandma Colombrito and getting to know your Great-Grandma and Great-Grandpa Brooks and Great-Grandma and Great-Grandpa Graves. They are all probably looking down at the family they helped to create in as much amazement as I have while I sit here and contemplate the huge legacy they all built.
Their footprints will last forever on our hearts, and I promise to make sure that the memories of ALL of your family members will be kept strong and present in our lives. We have an amazing family. We are so incredibly lucky.
In memory of Jerry Vernon Davis
husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather
August 10, 1929 - October 24, 2013
We love you, Ian,
Mommy and Daddy