This morning around 2am, my grandfather passed on to be joined again with his wife of 66 years, my grandmother, who died back in October, and since that day he has been utterly depressed. My other grandfather died about a month ago; that leaves me with 1 grandparent left.
I know you are probably starring at the pic on the left and saying to yourself, "why did he post that?" Well, if there was ever an image that could capture the essence of my grandparents relationship - this is it. I found that in google images and loved it. Read on and you will understand.
I am happy for him, but sad for my Dad and my uncles. They had a story book marriage, and up until my grandmother passed on, my grandfather would still hold her hand and kiss her; tell her he loved her, how beautiful she is to him, and he would still pinch her ass whenever he thought no one was looking.
My outlook on sex and love has definitely been influenced by them. They taught us to express our love to one another, and my grandfather always said to me, "Marcello, when you find the love of a good women, grab her hand and never let go; make her happy, and in return you will be rewarded with a good life".
My greatest memory of them is - about 5 years ago I was visiting home from school and decided to pop in on them; it was a tuesday afternoon about 1:30, I walked up to their 3rd floor apartment in Brooklyn and opened the door to see my grandmother in her bra and panties, my grandfather only in his boxers; they were drinking wine and playing strip poker - "Fantastic!!! God Bless!!" I said.
My grandfather loved her so much and did everything under the sun to make her happy.
I will miss you nonno, kiss nanna for me and give my other grandfather, "nonno" a hug also....