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Grandpa was always the one to do things
-with his own hands.

He built his house,
our playhouses, tepees and dream castles
-everything-
with his own hands.

Age 70 he was still climbing our roof,
(the one of the real house)
repairing it,
with his own hands.

So the worst thing
     the worst thing
     the worst thing was

when he had to watch our hands
-we all had come to help-
tend to his beloved garden
while his hands could do
                         -nothing.-

The worst thing was
when he died
-on the inside-
saying

'I am so useless.'

And I wished,
               and I wished,
                              and I wished...

he would just do something,
     something small,
     something tiny
     -anything-
     with his hands,

as a sign that he was
still there,
still grandpa,
still alive.
This one is for my grandpa Horst. He died more than a year ago.
I have been wanting to write about my grandpa - actually both my grandpas - for ages. But now it happened while I was writing the answer piece for this piece by OHiNeedTea: Dying like a dog (It's a must read. Go read it if you haven't yet. Seriously.)

Thank you guys for all the :star: and lovely comments!!! I can't keep up with thanking everyone for the :star:, but there are still very much appreciated :heart:
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Cole-y Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
brilliant. you have absolute control over your line breaks and your use of the dash is both effective and masterful.
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Story-of-a-Mind Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much. I fell in love with fancy formatting recently, and I am very happy you appreciate the way I am doing it.
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Archangelliot Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
I'm crying this was really really touching
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Story-of-a-Mind Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much. :tighthug: It means a lot to me to know that I was able to get the emotions through to my readers.
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Pardryll Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
This is so very touching - though I've never really known either of my grandfathers, I wanted to hug this one and tell him he's not useless - that he's amazing and wonderful and inspiring. And when I read the last two sections, my heart dropped - because I knew that no one would be able to hug or comfort him, because he was no longer among us.

A+, I love it!
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Story-of-a-Mind Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:tighthug: Thank you so much! I really appreciate your wonderful comment. I feel honoured to have touched your feelings.
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TheSeventhDeadlySinS Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Student Writer
No, I'm not crying, my eyes are just sweating.
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Story-of-a-Mind Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:tighthug: Thank you. It means a lot to me to know the feelings came across.
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Vintageeasack Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014   General Artist
This is great, sorry about your grandad.
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Story-of-a-Mind Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much! :tighthug: I think my grandpa is doing fine now with grandma in heaven.
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