October 9, 2012

He was too cool to leave a crumb on a cake plate…

On Saturday evening, I lost one of the most important men in my life, my grandfather. It was just three days before his 78th birthday. His birthday is one of the few birthdays I never forget, because it is exactly a week after mine. We were 50 years apart…

It feels so surreal that just two weeks ago we were sitting  at my Aunt’s kitchen table having a convo about everything but politics. It’s so crazy…that night, before leaving my house, my heart told me to bring my camera along to document our moments together. I had no clue I would be documenting our last, true conversation. As we talked, he enjoyed a piece of cake for his usual evening dessert.  For anyone who has ever witnessed by grandfather eat a piece cake, you know it’s an overly calculated performance.  He eats like Major Payne! LOL!

Anyway, if I would’ve known it was his last piece of cake, I would’ve joined him. Heck, I would’ve slapped some candles on that Entenmann’s cake and sung him Happy Birthday! But since I didn’t, I thought I’d take a second to write a blog and reflect on the moment we shared that night. We both knew it was something special! I felt like a kid all over again. I will never forget leaning on his shoulder watching “Battle Los Angeles” thinking, “Who watches alien movies?” LOL! And when that got old, we hopped in the bed and started to watch some college football. I could go on and on about that night, but I am getting a bit emotional now…

So what I’m trying to say is…today, on what would’ve been your 78th birthday, I celebrate your life Pop-Pop!

I want you to know you were an amazing grandfather to me! You’re a huge part of who I am and I love you! Happy Birthday!

  • Bernice says:

    What a great tribute to a bless man of God from his grandson. Priceless!

  • Weezy says:

    Beautiful images & vivid capturing of a wonderful man. Anyone that ever had a chance to meet Pops knows his spirit & demeanor lives on within Tre’ & his smile was something that stayed with you even when he was no longer in your presence. R.I.P Great Pops!

  • Won says:

    Thank you Lord…for pumpkins, pink roses ,pancakes …and the Hand of a Father. When I see these pictures I am speechless and forever grateful for God’s love and kindness towards me, for allowing me to see and experience the Father’s love through the man I had the honor & privilege to know&call….Pop ***you are missed but your legacy will be cherished forever

  • Natasha says:

    Awesome work! Not many people receive such a blessing .

  • Tiffany says:

    This was so touching. I have herd you speak of you grandfather on the vlog (which i love btw tell tia “himylovies”) and i could tell the first time you mentioned him that you grandpa was a special kind of “Pop’s” like mine. We really appreciate you sharing this it was beautiful & thanks for this reminder to take time…it was only the last convo for a while.

  • Jared says:

    GREAT JOB!!! This story with pictures included was can me uplifting and insprirational to many people. Keep up the good work my brother and May your grandpa rest in peace.

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