Tuesday, September 10, 2013

See you soon, Granddad!

My Granddad, William Phillip Golden, passed away this week.  He'd been in poor health for awhile.  He had been recently moved into a nursing home after he'd been hospitalized for pneumonia.

He and my Granny had been married for over 65 years and had 3 children, my Aunt Jane, my mom, and my Uncle Phil.  For some reason it was always interesting to me that each of their children had only children.  Jane's son David lives in Florida and Phil's daughter Melissa lives in Texas.  And me, of course!

Granddad worked on oil rigs as a "roughneck"
When I was a little girl my Granddad worked on oil rigs in West Texas.  Later in his life he owned  a bike shop in Irving, TX.  Danny & I still ride the bikes he gave us!
This was the driveway to their home in Giddings, TX.  I wish I had a picture of the house, as its shape always reminded me of Pizza Hut!

Playing office!  Yes, that IS a pink rotary phone!
 I loved visiting Granny & Granddad!  They knew I loved Blue Bell Cookies-n-Cream ice cream (since you could only buy it in Texas back in the day!) and to play dress up and office.  I may have gotten a bit spoiled there!
I loved helping Granddad mow the yard!  I was DRIVING!
The children, my mom and I drove 1100 miles in October 2010 to see Granny, Granddad and Aunt Jane in Alpine, TX, where they were living at the time.  It was the last time I got to spend time with him.  He absolutely loved seeing his great-grandchildren!  I'm so glad they got to meet him and they brought joy to him.  
Granddad with Caleb

I'm so grateful I had my Granddad in my life for as long as I did.  He was a character and I'll miss him.

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