Tuesday, October 20, 2009

If only I was as talented as he...

All day today I thought about how excited I was to write my next post. It was going to be great. It was going to be on the stupidity of how drunk people act in public and I even have videos to support my claim.

However, I now find that idea inappropriate and meaningless compared to the events that happened today in my family. I type post this with tears streaming down my face and a heart full of sorrow because my dear grandpa Doug left this world unexpectedly today.

My heart hurts for my mother, who lost her father. For my step-grandma who lost her husband. For my dear young cousin (shown above with Grandpa Doug) for losing the only father she ever knew.

Although my time spent with him over my life was not extensive, I still have found memories of him and man that he was. Let us not forget how just a few months ago, he tried to set me up with one of his friends. He was a very talented artist who saw the world and it's beauties in ways that I could only dream of.

As horrible and difficult as the next few months will be for my family, all I can think about is how my grandpa is in a much better place. I'll miss his crazy stories and the $25 bonds he would give us kids at Christmas. I'll miss him telling me "no, I can't give you a painting, I have to make a living somehow." But most of all, I'll just miss him.

Here are a couple of his wonderful paintings:

image courtesy of the Utah Arts Council

image courtesy of flickr.com

I'll see him one day again....and it will be a joyous reunion. We'll hug and cry and be overjoyed to be together again. It's then and only then will I get mad at him for not giving me a painting.


Daybreaking Dickersons said...

So Sorry Nat. Maybe you'll come across one of his painting you can buy at some point. Then he'll be mad he didn't get the money for it.

erica said...

Very talented! I love his paintings! I am very sorry for your loss.

Luke and Kenz said...

So sorry Nat! It gets better as time goes by I promise. Let me know if I can do anything for your family. You're in our thoughts and prayers. Love ya!


Just heard the news. So sorry to hear what happened. Just don't plan on joining him anytime soon! I've kind of forgotten how great it is to have grandparents around. Love you guys

Amy Buff said...

Loves to you.

so said...

your grandpa was a great guy and
I have really grown to love his art over the last few years
and my favorite thing about Doug was listening to him talk about art and why he did it.

handymom said...

I had no idea this talented man was your grandpa. I am so sorry for your loss. I'm sure this is not at all what you expected. What a great legacy he leaves to us all through his work - but especially what a great legacy he leaves to you, his family!

Anonymous said...

sorry nats