Still Missing You…

Happy Birthday, Pop! 

Pop and a Young Shadow

He would have been 87 today.  I’d mentioned earlier that perhaps for his birthday, I’d share more about the man, so here are some rather random tidbits about the Knight’s grandfather.

  • He played the violin as a youth.  His older sister presented him with the instrument some years after an estate sale when their father died. 
  • He served in World War II.  (That’s where the tattoos came from.)
  • He had a wicked sense of humor.
  • He never met a dog he didn’t like.
  • Like my own father, he’d get a twinkle in his eye when he was telling a tall tale.
  • He was quite a golfer, and actually got a hole in one on his home course.
  • He loved to work outdoors, especially in his vegetable garden.
Pop feeding Mugsy & Shadow treats

Pop feeding Mugsy & Shadow treats

Pop was old school.  He sat in front of my desk, and when we were alone in the office, I learned a lot about what he was thinking.  He didn’t seem to warm up to my explanations that different generations approach life differently, and when he wanted something done, he wanted it done his way, NOW.  There were no grey areas in his life; right or wrong, black or white, and if you disagreed with him, the best you could hope for was to respectfully disagree.

The world is moving on, and there aren’t many tough old goats like him left.  He was a self-made man, and it tickles me to no end that he’s still surprising his own children with skills they never knew he had.  He didn’t go to college, partially because he went to war, but mostly because he came from working stock, and it just wasn’t an option.  That didn’t stop him from a life-long pursuit of knowledge.  He could hold a conversation on just about anything, and taught me more than all of my professors lumped together.

I’m a better person for knowing you, loving you, and being loved by you, Pop.  I hope Grandma V. makes her strawberry cake for you, but it was my honor and priviledge to make it for you in those years in between.

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16 comments on “Still Missing You…

  1. Sarah says:

    Make sure you smile alot today! I’m sure Pop is watching from heaven 🙂

  2. gaylen says:

    You are amazing. While you told Pop that the new generations are different – you are much the same: repectful, generous, thoughtful, hardworking, intelligent – the list goes on. You are an amazing woman who has been surrounded by amazing people that have, shaped, moulded and loved you. Hope you continue to make Strawberry cake in Pop’s honor. g

  3. Mary says:

    Happy Birthday Pop! I’m sure the glitter in his eye is the twinkle in the sky now watching over you all!!
    We shoudl make it Starwbery Cake Day in his honor. 🙂

    Smile lots! Hugs & Love!

  4. StarSpry says:

    This was a very beautiful post. I love the photos of Pop and the dogs 🙂

  5. MrPuffy says:

    Just lovely, Channon.

  6. Anita says:

    Very sweet photos! 🙂 And what a beautiful post. I’m sure you learned a lot from him, and more than just a little of him rubbed off on you. That’s a wonderful thing…. he sounds a lot like my Pawpaw, who turned 97 this year.
    Happy Birthday to Pop!

  7. km says:

    It’s always on those days (birthdays, holidays, etc.) that you miss loved ones extra.

  8. Nancy says:

    What a lovely post. I enjoyed reading it. I know he’s missed, but you will continue to treasure and honor his memory.

  9. Alison Hyde says:

    Happy birthday to one who I know is enjoying the fuss, still.

  10. Amanda says:

    What a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing more about this wonderful man.

  11. That was a fascinating list of tidbits about “Pop”. He reminds me in certain ways of my own father, who be celbrating his 90th on the 31st, if he were still lving. I hope you find joy in your memories.

  12. Bubblesknits says:

    Wonderful post, Chan. 🙂 Now pass me a tissue.

  13. Dawn says:

    Big tears…beautiful post that I’m sure made it up to the stairs of heaven! Can just see him smiling down at you with a twinkle in his eye!:) lots of hugs

  14. Kathy says:

    Thank you for sharing, Chan. What a beautiful tribute and I’m sure he’s smiling.
    Make a Strawberry cake in his honor and enjoy the memories:) Hugs!

  15. Nichole says:

    Happy Birthday Pop! I hope he’s up there celebrating with my Nana… sounds like they would have been great friends and they could’ve shared some cake this week.
    Beautiful pictures… great story.

    Special hugs to you today – I know you have had a terribly rough night. Let me know if there’s anything I can do. I’m sure Mugs is running around like a spring chicken with Fred up there now….. love to both of them!

  16. michelle says:

    What a precious post. I am sure Pops is giving Mugs and Fred a lot of lovings. Pops was quite a man! Huggles hon.

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