In Fall 2001 I went to see my grandparents and interviewed my grandpa on tape. This was a big deal, he wasn’t “into” that sort of thing. It was fun…two weeks later a series of strokes hit him that eventually took him. This was particularly hard becuase I had a falling out with him during our visit. We ended fine but I have always regretted it.
I have never had the courage to listen to the tape, worrying I would cry. In October of this year I found a local business that would make the tape into a CD. This was exciting! A series of tragedies for the business owner has made it impossible to retrieve my tape.
Today he dropped my original tape off! I am overjoyed to have this in my possession again. My grandpa’s voice told me something special that week. I said, “Grandpa, tell me you love me. ” He laughed, not one to use those words. Continuing to tease him, he finally said it. Are those words on those tape? I have always hoped. We will see, but our family finally has this precious possession again. I miss you Grandpa.