Many have heard the sad news that my Grandma June passed away last week. I was happy to be there with her for her final days and so very glad that she is at peace and with all of our loved ones who have already passed away.
I grew up with my Grandma June in Corvallis. She was there for every Thanksgiving, Christmas, performance, and graduation. She loved her Elvis, her boys, and her family. She was always supportive and never missed a chance to comment on her affinity for my dark hair and light eyes.
From a young age my mom and I would load up our lawn mower every weekend, drive across town, and I’d mow my grandma’s lawn. As I got older I’d eventually begin to drive myself, but every weekend I made it over there to mow her lawn. Afterwards she always had a small bag of lays potato chips, a soda, and some Werther’s candy. I used to think I was doing her a favor driving across town and battling the garden snakes, but as I got older and looked back I realized that those moments were priceless and I got so much more than just chips and candy. From her advice to always pay off my credit cards to her talks about moderation and being a good boy, I learned so much from my grandma.
One of the things I am most happy about is the fact my Grandma June was able to meet and play with Luca several times since we moved back to Oregon. Most recently she was so excited to hear Luca was in town she jumped up, left her dinner, and rushed over to my mom’s house. She was always so happy to hear about what Luca was doing and loved squeezing his little fat toes. Luca loved his great grandma as well, always putting on a show when she was around. We will miss you Grandma June. Love you. Rest in Peace.