Today I pay tribute to a very special person: my Papa - my girls' Grandpapa.
Today would be his 86th birthday. Today I would have called him he would answer "Howdy" and I would have wished him a happy day, the girls would have sang. I would ask him how he was doing and he would say "I'm up!" We would laugh and I would tell him how good that was. We would talk about the weather, he would ask me about the little ones, the ranch, and about the Hubs. Yep that is what I would normally do on this day. Instead today I am writing a tribute, sending a birthday wish with a blow of a kiss to the heavens, planting a rose bush with the girls,because that was his favorite flower, and making a birdhouse because he liked to watch the birds.
My Papa was a kind hearted man who talked to everyone and left a long lasting mark on anyone who knew him. He loved babies and kids especially his great grandchildren. One of his favorite things was to walk through Babies R' Us, talking to all the little kids and babies. He would strike up a conversation by asking about there shoes. Have you ever noticed that kids like to show off there shoes? They do and he knew it - got them talking every time. He was one of the funniest guys I knew - he always made me laugh. He could also make me blush- he got a kick out of that. He was loved by so many. He was one of a kind and I miss him so.
Papa left us in October on a day that will forever be etched in my mind. I can no longer reach him on the phone but I feel him in my heart. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of him and what he meant to our family. My oldest misses him too and has been looking forward to today for weeks. It is marked on her calendar and she has reminded me everyday this week that today is his birthday and the day we "plant roses for Grandpapa. "
So today we will plant the roses and send our kisses to heaven and wish Papa a Happy Happy Birthday! We know that he will get our kisses and wishes and send some back our way because we know that he loves us and misses us too.
Have a great day and if your Grandpa or Grandma are reachable by phone - call them and wish them a good day today and if they are not blow them a kiss and for more Tuesday Tributes be sure to visit Angie at her place