Grandfather

at my grandfathers funeral no one was allowed to speak
no one could share memories he had provided
no one could reminisce about his life
it was what he wanted
he didn’t want to be talked about
he wanted to be silently loved
and yet the love that people had for him was anything but silent
Every time I left him I kissed his bald head
It was a sign of good luck for both of us
When I was younger he never played board games
He called them boring
I would always convince him to play war
i was the first grandchild he had
as more were added to his legacy I was pushed away
no longer did I feel like the center of my grandparents attention
yet he always made sure I was taken care of
he showered me with love that I knew was reserved for me
toward the end of his life I wasn’t allowed to visit him
I was angry, but I knew he didn’t want me to see what he had become
I said goodbye over the phone
Told him I loved him and wanted him to watch me grow old
That I couldn’t wait to see him
The next day he was gone

Grandfather

blackwhitelif3

Farmington, United States

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