This is 4 generations: My Great-Granny, My Grandaddy, My Mom and Me
Easter 1979 ~ Dad, Mom, Mema, Me (in front), Granddady and my Sister
To this day I still smoke the ocassional cigar in his honor (shhhhh! Don't tell my kids!) and the smell keeps him close to my heart. I wear one of his flannel shirts on cold days and feel him with me. I watch the Space Shuttle movies "Hail Columbia" and "The Dream Is Alive" and see him in the VAB working. My kids love watching the movies with him in them. These are all ways I keep him close.
Me (left), showing Grandaddy my new Strawberry Shortcake watch with my sister.
Several years ago I found an idea in a magazine that I really liked. A lady wrote in and talked about continuing to celebrate those in your family who are no longer with you. She continued to have "birthday" dinners where she would pull out pictures of their special loved one and share her special memories with her children. I liked it so much that I have used it each year on special days to celebrate our family. Tonight at dinner we will talk about my Grandaddy and how special he was to me. He may have gone on to be with Jesus, but his memory lives on and my kids will know their Great-Grandaddy, just as they will know their other great grands.
One last pic of Mema and Grandaddy with my uncle.