I've come up with several witty ideas for this week, but before I could find the time to actually sit down and put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard), this week went to CRAP!! Now I just don't have it in me to be funny and Charismatic...and if I did, I'd just feel guilty.
When I got home from the beach last Friday night, I got a text letting me know that a close family friend had had a stroke. He has been like a grandfather to my girls since the day they were each born. Early this morning Peepaw took his last breath and went on to that big party in the sky.
I know the last thing he would want any of us to do is sit around and CRY about it. So while I'm feeling like CRAP, I'm gonna tell y'all about Peepaw. For as long as I've known him, he's always been a fun lovin', hell raising kind of guy with a heart of gold. To him, everyone was family...but he loved his kids and grandkids fiercely.
He always told the best stories and gave the best hugs. He'd been known to throw a few punches every now and then too, but even those usually ended in laughter and hugs. His dancing would crack anybody up.
When I sit back and think about him, I see a strong man wearing his denim cut-off muscle blouse, with a toothpick in the side of his mouth, picking at his fingernails with his pocketknife and telling a story. Or I see him boiling the tires off his truck, just to see the smoke and see if he could burn rubber all the way down the street. He was a man that I'm honored to have known and loved.
Alpharetta will never be the same. You have left a mark on so many of us. Now you go on and catch up with Papa & JD and everyone else that went on before you. I sure hope they have cold beer and motorcycles in heaven....if not, rest assured we'll all be drinking one for you tonight.
|Peepaw with Justin & Slou|
Rest In Peace:
Walter Lee Pettyjohn
October 14, 1953 - July 19, 2012