A very good year

– Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published for the first time.
– Grover Cleveland replaced Chester Arthur as President of the United States.
– The first issue of Good Housekeeping went on sale.
– Sitting Bull joined Buffalo Bill.
– Bicycle playing cards were introduced.

What do these events have in common? 1885. The year my grampa was born.

December 3, 1885.


Here he is holding me before my baptism.


And here he is wearing my favorite Christmas sweater. The same sweater I wore to work today.

We were luckier than most to have him with us for almost 106 years.
And, almost more incredibly, we’ve been without him for more than 20 years.
Today I hold onto his sweater, his last bottle of Old Spice and a few photos.
It’s amazing how often I still think about him…even now. Especially around his birthday.
I wonder if he knows how we’re doing…if he’s okay with how our lives have turned out…if he knows my boys.
I sure hope so. I think he’d like them.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Kelli says:

    I believe, without question, that your Grampa knows your boys and knows that you are an AMAZING mom. Even though I never met him, I also believe that he knows what a success your life is and that you have raised two very fine gentlemen. He is watching you from Heaven. I absolutely believe this. And I believe that he is very, very proud of you and sends you his love every day. He is your own special guardian angel. 🙂
    I love that you have kept his sweater and Old Spice. That is too special! And I love the pictures you posted above!
    Love you!


  2. Amy says:

    I love this post and so love that you have his sweater and wore it to work! Very special memories, Laura.


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