And even though we knew it was coming, even though it was expected, it still feels so sudden. As if time paused and everything that’s happened in the last 48 hours since we went to visit has actually been happening in slow motion over the course of weeks and months. I’ve lost a lot of family members in my 32 years -fourteen that I can recall off the top of my head- and it never gets easier. No matter the circumstances or how expected or unexpected it may be, it’s still tough and requires time to process. I want to share so many stories with you about him - all of his jokes and funny remarks (“I got shell shock in the war. I ate too many peanuts.”), his amazing World War II experiences, the beautiful-yet-hilarious story of how he and his wife of 68 years first met - but I can’t right now. Not quite yet.
It’ll be quiet around here the next few days as we grieve and remember and process all that has happened, but I do want to share one little video with you. Sometime during the first year of the Husband and I dating, Nonno started asking me the same question every time I saw him. “When is he gonna put a ring on your finger?” So when we finally got engaged after four and a half years of dating, we wanted to tell him in person and we really wanted to record his response. It’s my favorite video we have of him and I know I’ll watch it many, many times to come, even if just to hear that familiar loving greeting, “Oh, my granddaughter! Stephanie my granddaughter!”
Love you, too, Nonno.