To the Men I Never Met

Daily Prompt

(Modern Families

If one of your late ancestors were to come back from the dead and join you for dinner, what things about your family would this person find the most shocking?)


This is the kind of thing I hardly talk about, so this is difficult.

My Grandfathers. From both my parent’s side.

I never met any of them. I do want to meet them.

I heard from others about their grandfather. How much they adored them. How much they admire them. I have seen them broken up when they lost they adored. I saw my best friend lose his grandfather a day before my friends birthday.

They cried. I tried to console. But I couldn’t. I don’t know that feeling. Never had that person in my life. Never heard his voice, never heard his laughter, never had his blessing, never. Too many things I never will know.

It is like never having something and yet missing with such anguish.

My father never says much about his father. From what all he has spoken, I saw some pain in his face, I heard admiration in his voice.

My mother talks about her father. My mom never met him on his last days. She was hours late. And she stills regret it.

I want to meet my grandfathers. I want to know them. I want to see them. I want to be rapt by their stories of my parents’ childhood. I want to hear their version of events.

I want to meet my father’s role model. I want to meet my mothers strength.

I want to to meet the men who made my parents what they are today.

Or I simply want to be at the same dining table with them, while my parents sit with me and my brother.

Something I’ll never have.

Let’s see who others want to share:

16 thoughts on “To the Men I Never Met

  1. Your post is very moving. I met one grandpa but didn’t’ the other. He died right before I was born from a massive heart attack at the young age of 46. I’ve often wondered about him.

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