Thursday, September 15, 2011

Happy Birthday, Grandpa

Andrew J. Kopka and Audrey


Thinking of you today, Grandpa, on your birthday. Although you left this earth many years ago, I have such fond memories of being your granddaughter. I remember your laugh and I will always remember that you were the one who introduced me to the world of art when you took me on that long walk to the Art Museum. Thank you for that. Art is, and always has been, a very important part of my life.

You were a good man who took good care of his children. You brought my mother up with a strong faith in God and she passed that on to her children. I like to believe that you were there to welcome Patrick when he left this earth. He thought so much of you, too, Grandpa, and I know how happy he must have been to see you again. We lost Uncle Steve shortly after losing Patrick. I keep that picture in my mind ~ you, together with your son and grandson ~ it makes the loss a little less painful.

Happy Birthday, Grandpa. Thank you for being the man you were.

5 comments:

Linda in New Mexico said...

What an absolutely wonderful tribute to your grandfather. Just beautiful.

yoborobo said...

Audrey - I love this photo. He has such a warm smile, and I can tell he is so happy to be sitting there with you. And you are adorable. :) What lovely memories to have! xox Pam

Anonymous said...

AUDREY! KNOWING YOUR MOM-- SHE LOOKS JUST LIKE HIM! WHAT HAPPY MEMORIES, PLEASE TELL HER I SAID HELLO AND I LOVE HER AND MISS HER. LINDA

Jan said...

What a great photo of you and your Grandpa and the bunny too. He looks to be such a kind and warm hearted man, this photo is a treasure. You have that same kind look in your eyes.

Anonymous said...

Hi Audrey! Larry and I checked out your blog, per William! We love the picture and your letter to Grampa! The photo brought back memories for Larry and I think your grampa was a very happy, handsome man! And you were an adorable little girl!

We love you cuz! xoxo Georgia (and Lar too!)