Saturday, 19 November 2011

R.I.P. Ukki

Yesterday I found out that my grandfather died. I'm still not sure how I feel about it. He had been deteriorating for months and the last few times it's hard to say whether or not he knew we were even there. We stopped in to see him on the day before we left. We sat and talked with Mummi for a bit before saying our goodbyes. As we were leaving he mumbled to me to have a safe trip and somehow I knew that this would be the last time I saw him and I said so to M on the way home.

I haven't had the heart to tell the kids yet as I'm still working out what to say. In some ways it is hard to be away while all this is going on but in other ways it makes it a bit easier. I'm thinking about my family at home... Especially my mum and Mummi. Big hugs to everyone.

The things I remember the most about Ukki:

* The way he used to suck his tea or coffee through a sugar cube in his lips rather than putting sugar into his drink.
* Getting paid to walk on his back as a massage when we were kids.
* Lining up on the front porch on Sundays and all the boy cousins getting the same hair cut every month. Shaved.
* The way he would sit back on his rocking chair and watch the circus that is my family happen around him.
* The way he would laugh (he he he) when you knew he had no idea what you were talking about.

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