What I Learned From My Grandpa
When I was just eight months old, my parents asked my grandparents (that is my mom’s dad and her stepmom) to take care of me. I grew up around my grandparents, which is why it was so heartbreaking when my grandpa passed way, way too soon ten years ago.
My very first memory that I have is a memory with him, I was maybe two or three. He left me in the dining room to eat noodles and when he came back, I was pouring vinegar, soy sauce, and ketchup on my food. He yelled out of anger, but at the same time, he looked like as if he was trying not to laugh at what I did. I go back to that memory each time I miss him. Not just that, but all the other memories I have of him.
My grandpa is one of the men I look up to. Not just because he’s my grandpa, but also because he taught me a lot of things.
He taught me that no matter how hard life is, if you are really persevering, you will get what you want for you and your family. You see, he’s not a college graduate like most people. He finished second grade. But even though he only got up to second grade, that didn’t stop him from working hard in building a future for his wife and his nine kids. His nine kids that he successfully provided all a college education.
My grandpa, regardless of age, taught me that I should be confident and flaunt what I have and what I do best. I remember whenever we had parties at home and there was karaoke, he would take the microphone from whoever was singing and he’d start singing his favorite song. Sometimes, he’d even give us life lectures after.
I remember watching him sit in his room at exactly the same time every day. He’d be holding my grandma’s (his first wife) picture and look at it, as if he was talking to her. Sometimes he’d tell her stories of what happened or how their children were doing and he would tell her how much he really missed her. A love like that is something everyone deserves at least once in their lives. A love that lasts after death, even though you are committed to someone else. My grandpa taught me that it doesn’t matter who I am, I deserve a strong, committed, eternal love like that.