So Zinash got to meet my Grandpa today. It had been something that I had been meaning to do for a long time (take her to meet him) and had never done it. Yesterday I decided that this Monday would be it.
My Grandpa is one of two men I look up to the most (the other being my dad). He's always had this little words of wisdom and shown amazing amounts of love and compassion. And at 96 years of age, although a little slower, he is no different. He was a soldier in WWII and a dairy farmer in southern Missouri. He is a father to 3, grandfather to 7, and great grandfather to 3, and a "Dad/Grandpa" to hundreds. He's just that kind of guy. He's seen so much and been so many places and what has always been most important to him is his family. And if you had talked to him you became part of his family.
So Zinash and I went to spend some time in his little assisted living apartment. We walked in and he perked up. We talked about life in general and Zinashi and I told him stories from Ethiopia. He asked why Mary and I decided to adopt from Africa. I told him because that's what we felt like we were suppose to do and he said that was a great reason. We ate some snacks that we had brought. His eyes seemed to sparkle just watching Zinash play on the floor. He told Zinash his secret to life is to "Love God and have fun" and that she should "smile as much as she can." After a while we gave our hugs and kisses and he walked with us outside to our car. There was lots of small talk but it was all meaningful. We didn't say a whole lot but when we left our hearts were filled up.
I don't know why I didn't take her to meet him earlier, I don't know as if it even matters. It was a good trip and now Zinashi knows her "Gampa Mac".
I did take some pictures but only with my aunt's camera. I just never thought to get mine out. So they will be posted as soon as I get them.