As Ed posted a couple weeks back, my Grandpa Razz passed away. Asher and I made a quick trip back to Portland for the funeral services.
I was asked to collect and read memories from family and friends at his service. I ended with my own memories. I could have talked about Grandpa and what he meant to me all day and into the night, but there were many others with things to say, so I tried to keep my memories brief. This is what I wrote:
"For me, memories of Grandpa are intertwined with my childhood:
a fridge full of Alpenrose milk and ice cream (I still dream about those little cartons of swiss chocolate milk)
Grandpa loading up all the grandkids into his car to go to the Organ Grinder for games and music and pizza
eating ice cream bars in Grandpa's backyard on hot summer days
dipping chocolates at Christmas time. It was always such a privilege to be invited over to help him! Plus the added bonus of getting to lick the cast of chocolate off of your hands when you were finished.
Blazer games....especially my first Blazer game ever. I was a huge Magic Johnson fan so he saved the Laker game for me. He took me down court side to see the players warm up so I could get a good look at MJ. He bought me a Blazer t-shirt to wear to school the next day. It might have been the best night thus far in my nine years of living.
Grandpa sent me the best care packages when I was away at BYU for college. Once, he even mailed me some Olive Garden breadsticks because he knew how much I loved them!
After my father passed away, Grandpa took on some of the roles of a second father to me and my siblings. For example, when I moved down to Eugene to attend grad school at U of O, he and my Grandpa Mattson borrowed a trailer and hauled my stuff down to Eugene for me before I realized I might need some help. I think my roommate was a little shocked that I had hired two men in their seventies as movers!
My sister Kelli commented to me yesterday that Grandpa simply loved his life as few others seem to. I think that it was because he had achieved a wealth few others do. He had the love and absolute adoration of his family and many, many friends. He had a talent for serving others and derived great happiness from this service. Grandpa is truly one of the greatest blessings of my life. I would give up quite a bit to be able to walk into my grandparent's house one last time, to feel their hugs and kisses and hear their warm welcomes! To smell Grandpa's roses growing in the side yard, and inhale the delicious scents coming from his kitchen. To look through pictures of their latest trip over the background buzz of a Blazer game. To hear him answer his phone, RIP CITY one last time."
I miss him like crazy!
I miss him like crazy!