After thinking about this topic, I began to realize the importance of knowing more about my relatives. Sometimes a family tree is written for reasons other than just being able to trace your roots. Obviously, if it were not for my relatives I could not have existed. The gift of life is indeed a gift, a gift I believe is only given to us once. I think pursuing the knowledge of one's ancestors is like trying to find out who you are inside, at least to a certain extent. When I think back to when my grandfather was alive, I can see traces of myself within his image. I cannot exactly pinpoint what it is about him that makes me similar, but I know there are various personal qualities that I share. I always looked up to my grandfather when I was growing up, even though at the time, I may not have realized the importance of appreciation. I'm older now and my grandfather is only a collage of memories. After thinking about my grandfather more extensively though, I felt it was time I find out a little more about what he was like. Maybe I would understand a part of myself, or see a part of myself I had not seen before.
It has been seven years and five months since my grandfather passed away, but I can still remember many aspects of his personality and appearance. I was going on 16 at the time. I can vividly remember what his voice was like, strong ...
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...here. From the years I spent there, I could have easily called it my second home.
My grandfather did a lot for me. Sometimes he would pick me up from school and take me to various places around town. And I can't leave out all his fine cooking. He was best cook I ever knew. My father's cooking is pretty good as well, but it could not top my grandfather's. Memories like these that I have of my childhood makes me see how much I may have taken my relationship with him for granted. This is not to say that I have any regrets about my relationship with him. I was still fairly young when he passed away. However, since I never expected him to leave as soon as he did, it made me see ways in which I could have done more for him or more with him. My grandfather was a great man, but now he is gone, and I am a grown man who has become curious of what he was before I was born.
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