He Had Blue Eyes that Anchored My Soul

Today, I am grateful for this man. Today, I am grateful for what he poured into my life through his gentle, quiet spirit. Today, I am grateful for what he offered me: a place to always come home to, an anchor to my soul.

Today, he would have turned 90. It’s been 10 years since he passed. It still feels like it was just yesterday when I could walk through my grandparents’ front doors and find him sitting in his chair, as he always did, watching the news. 

But when I walked in his brows rose up in delight. His blue gray eyes brimmed with joy. A smile spread across his face. The news was no longer depressing signs of things to come. Instead, his granddaughter had returned and his day just got a so much brighter. He thought that way about all his grandkids.

Today, I am grateful he lived well into my adult years so I could know him and talk with him and learn from him. Today, I’m grateful for my Papa.

Today, when I look into my daughter’s eyes, I can see them taking on a blue gray shade. Her daddy’s eyes are blue, so that’s no surprise. But when I look at her, I see a little bit of my Papa looking back at me. And I am grateful.

This is his legacy; this is our anchor. This is love.

Happy Birthday, Papa!

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  1. You're right, Sarah! Your papa left quite a legacy. We all have special memories. He and I used to sit and talk about books we loved and he would always have one to recommend. He would be so proud of the wonderful wife and mother you have become. Aunt Karen


  2. Okay.  I saw the Facebook post on his BDay but didn't see this till today.   I love that his legacy lives in all of you "grandkids" and this made my greenish brown eyes water more than a little bit.  Truly, not a day goes by that I don't fondly think of my dad and the impact he has had on me and the rest of his family.  Thanks for writing so beautifully about him Sarah and I know for sure how much he loves you and is proud of you.   Thank you dear

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