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I never used to think that one day I would lose my grandfather. I had always thought he would always be there when I needed him. When I lost my grandpa, I lost my best friend the one I would call for anything I needed. Such as when I needed someone to talk to someone or just to call him to see what he was doing. It had never occurred to me a lot of bad things happen in this world, such as losing someone.
Losing a loved one can cause you to learn so many things positive and negative. I for myself can say I learned a few things such as encouraging words can change a person’s mind set and you should treasure your loved ones. Although I learned some of life’s lessons, it still is a terrible way to learn them. When my grandfather was alive we did a lot of activities together. He would sometimes get me and my sister from school, and we would get ice cream or go to the park.
He took me and my sister fishing a few times. He also showed us how to make a kite. During the summer he would take me and my sister swimming at a pool near his house. He took us to the beach and once took us scuba diving.
Four years ago on my birthday he came to my house and he took me, my sister, brother, and mom out to eat. Then he took me to the mall to buy clothing of my choice.
The next day around 1:30 my mom received a phone call from my grandfather saying he wasn’t feeling well. We rushed to his house and he wasn’t able to get up, so we called an ambulance. He was hospitalized for liver failure. For the next two weeks we had gone to visit him at Chippenham Hospital. In the first week he wasn’t really able to talk, because they put an air tube down his throat. In the second week he was talking to me and my other family members. He apologized to my grandmother for all the wrong he did when they were married. My family members included my seven aunts, three uncles, and eight cousins, my mom and dad, and my grandmother.
The last three days of his life were going rather well. He had previously purchased a house for himself five minutes away from my house. He was prepared to move in on November 23rd. He had purchased a house with five bedrooms for each of his grandchildren to sleep in when they visited. My mom told me that he was getting better and was planning to throw him a welcome home dinner. The last of day of his life he told everyone good bye and he loved them, as if he knew he was going to die. The next morning my mom was supposed to go to work. Instead I found her teary eyed looking through our photo album. I asked her what’s wrong she replied “he died late last night.
Before he died, he told me “Ayanna Ciara Bonner, I believe you can do anything and I love you forever.” I will remember those words forever. After my grandfather passed I kept having reruns of all the memories we had shared together. For instance when were at a family reunion at a lake, and it was time for karaoke.me and my grandfather decided to sing.
We sang “You are my sunshine” for the family and we had so much fun doing it. Another time is when he came to one of my soccer games and drilled with me before my game, and we had a lot of fun doing it, but he ended up with a sprained ankle. My best memory of my grandfather was when the first time he took us fishing. He had rented a boat and got my sister and I pink fishing rods. He was trying to teach me how to cast the reel, and I ended up falling into the water. My grandpa jumped in the water to save me. He told me that I gave him a heart attack and to be more careful.
I realized people should appreciate loved ones before it is too late and no regrets. I wish I could say I love you to my grandpa one more time and I could spend one last day with him. A loved one is someone that cannot be replaced. There has not been a day I haven’t thought about him. I wish I would have realized that you should not take your family for granted. One day they could be here, then boom, they’re gone. I know it’s hard to think about life this way, but its life. Try to make many memories with family and make them last.
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