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6.21.2011

popops turns 88!

this last weekend i spent a day in connecticut with my grandfather and aunt jean celebrating popop's 88th birthday.

when i think of the stories that fill this man and the lineage he has unfurled before him...

there are no words.

and i am humbled by those giants of family who carved out a way of life for us in this country. the legacy is staggering. awe-inspiring.

pops 88

popops

16 comments:

The Lewicutt's est 2006 said...

Stop it, is that a beer?! What a champ! I love him already!

Laura Marie said...

Oh that last photo is perfection. One to treasure for sure. So sweet!

Briel79 said...

Lovely! Both of my grandfather's passed away years ago...I miss them! Luckily I still have my grandmother's. :)

jdavissquared said...

Awe! Happy Birthday Popop!

I love little old men...they're so cool.

wildchild said...

hooray for 88th birthdays! that cupcake is making me drool, by the way.

Little Tree Vintage said...

aw happy birthday to him!

Erin said...

To think of all our ancestors did so we could have moments like this... beautiful.

Mocha Mornings said...

What a cute grandpa! Happy birthday to him.

Rebecca said...

This is sweet! My dad is Popops to my munchkins and his dad was my Popops and until your post I'd never heard/seen another one! :)

Alex said...

Happy birthday to him! What amazing stories he must have.

Rachael said...

Awww, I love that you call him Popops. Reminds me of Arrested Development. What a lovely man and how lucky to have you as a granddaughter!

becky said...

My step-dad turned 81 last week so the poignancy and importance of birthdays is not lost on me. Neither is your comment on having no words. I have no concept of just what he seen or been through--no way to articulate the expanse of experience he has accumulated. I urge him, more and more, to write these things down. And sometimes I don't want him to for him, but for me. So I have that token and lineage and can carry his stories with me with greater tangibility. That last picture of the two of you brought tears to my eyes.

Jay said...

such a handsome fellah!! hope he had a lovely birthday :)

Joyous said...

wow! i mean- just WOW! happy birthday popop!

christine said...

Happy birthday Popop!

Beautiful photos.

Kate said...

Aaaww, Happy Birthday Popop!