This morning we all put our brave faces on as we got ready to go farewell the man who has left us the best example to follow.
I was proud to be able to with 5 of my other cousins to be pall bearers
Mum had some flowers for the nephews and nieces and some petals for them to put into Pops grave, it was nice seeing them all together doing it.
I loved how Aaron helped Noah to be a part of the day with his own Rose, I know that Pop thought Noah was special.
I wasn't really suprised to see how full the chapel was, it would had to be closest that it's ever been, a lot of people also came out to the cemetery for the grave dedication. I had to have a little laugh when during one of the talks given by uncle Howard and uncle Shayne, that Pop had been in a gang of sorts, but that he hadn't really done anything he revealed in the last few years.
I know Pop would have wanted us to have tears of joy for him, but my Pop was gone, one of the main people I ever looked up to and the tears just flowed, knowing that he had left us. Before the funeral service we had a chance to see him one more time and Pop just wasn't the man that I grew up with, He would take me down the river with him and we'd move irrigation, plant crops, fence, mow and bale hay and move and look after stock. My Pop was a worker and he had these strong calloused hands that could do anything, he was always quick with a smile and would do anything to help you. Was he perfect, probably not, but he had to have been the closest person I knew to it.
It was good to see Nan all spruced up and happy for the most part and to see her brother Arne, who came up for the service.
I was walking to my brother Daniel's grave and Eden was there with his Daughter Chloe, she wanted to know about Daniel and why he died, and I thought it was pretty nice how he said "sometimes people just don't wake up"
Don't you just love the hat,
Some of Pop's fav things, he used to play the harmonica all the time, he loved to wear braces to hold his trousers up and he loved the dirt and growing things.
Alot of people loved Pop and there was always someone coming up to me saying what a great man he was and telling stories of what he would do to help people out.
I've thought about this alot since Pop died and how Nan is doing knowing he isn't there anymore, my grandparents were married for 66 years and were still in love and devoted to each other, it's hard to communicate with Nan these days since she had a stroke and can't speak words, but it's nice just to sit with her and let her know you care and be near her.
There was a gorgeous sunset tonight over the Gog range and over Pop's riverflats, it seemed quite fitting for today. The sun has set on Pop's life and he will always be my hero and the person I look up to, the example of the man I'd like to become and I'll always remember the love he had for his family. I was never going to miss the chance of Saying goodbye, no matter what it cost me.
Have you ever known what you want to say, but Can't express it very well? Right now I want to say alot more, but Lisa has covered it pretty well in her Blog.
"I love you Pop" what more can I say.