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The part that absolutely kills me? Leroy Jethro. He won't remember him, because he is too little. I have no idea why this throws me for a loop but let me tell you people, I'm teary-eyed even writing this. I don't know if it's because Grandpa lovedlovedloved Leroy Jethro and he won't get to feel that for himself in a way he can remember, or because of all the neato things The Big Kids got to do with him that LJ never will...hell I don't know, it just gets me every time.


A story about my dad and my nephew (M). Dad died 4 years before M was born. However, when M was a baby, my sister would show him photos of the family so that he'd have faces to associate with names. (Incidentally, my mum died when M was 15 months old.) When M was 3, he took to talking to my dad's picture and carrying it around in his arms. Not long afterwards, M declared to everyone that would listen that his football team was Footscray because that was his grandad's team. Here's the thing: neither my sister nor her husband supported Footscray. Chances are, it's a team that was never mentioned in his hearing apart from when it came up on TV. Where did he get it from?

My belief is that death doesn't sever all ties people have with this world. Some people like to watch over their families and friends. In M's case, I really do believe that my dad "visited" his grandson and played with him and told him stories.

- Pam
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