Monday, October 11, 2010

Our Precious Papaw

Kentucky Greetings, WoodyWatchers! Many of you sent emails asking where Chloe and I were from September 25th to October 3rd. One emailer wanted to know if we had been captured by a flying saucer while we were in Roswell. Thankfully, we were not!

On September 25th, our Papaw (Dad's dad) had a stroke. We didn't know what a stroke was, but Mom said it was when the blood doesn't get to the brain. The ambulance picked up Papaw at his house and took him to the hospital where the doctors and nurses took great care of him. Six days later, Papaw went to Heaven. Mom and Dad were with Papaw and got to hold his hand. The interesting thing was that we were getting ready to throw Papaw a huge 90th birthday party, but he passed away 3 days before his birthday. We had a different kind of party - a celebration of his life. The church was packed with his family and friends - and true to Papaw there was lots of laughter. Mom even spoke at the funeral. She said it was a huge honor! Papaw served in the Army during WWII. (He had a military funeral with TAPS and a 21 gun salute.) He was a master trim carpenter, loved God, his family - especially Mamaw - his wife of 70 years, fried chicken, and checkers - and believe me, he was the King of Checkers!

A great big thanks to all of you who knew about Papaw and sent cards, letters, and emails. Also, a huge thanks to our "NANA Diane" and Gussie Lee and Sadie. They came and stayed with us for 9 days to help take care of us while Mom and Dad were with Papaw, Mamaw, and the rest of the family.

Chloe and I are carrying on Papaw's legacy by being the best checker player we can be!

We love you, Papaw!

Work and Dream like a BIG DOG!