I have some sad news to share with you. My grandfather died early this morning. Grandpa died peacefully, in his sleep, in his home in New York.
It is tremendously comforting to know that I was able to share some of Grandpa's wonderful personality with you during the past year. It may also make you happy to learn that during his last few weeks he found great pleasure in reading my posts (and all of your comments!!!) about his magnificent library.
Only two days ago I was giggling on the phone with Grandpa as he was looking at the pictures of me belly dancing in Melbourne at the bloggers' dinner. He was amazed at the way modern technology can bring so much happiness, and can open so many doors to so many new worlds.
When we heard the news about Grandpa this morning, Miss Commentbox said "No more letters now." My children have been so very blessed to be in constant communication with their great-grandfather. Grandpa loved letter-writing and there would be something in our mailbox from him several times a week.
This afternoon, Miss Commentbox turned to me and said, "I was wrong, there's one more letter." Sure enough...there in our mailbox...was a small package with Grandpa's ornate handwriting on it.
When Miss C opened her letter she found a small box of eyeshadows, exquisite in both colour and quality, and glowing like a cache of jewels.