Saturday, November 5, 2011

A Love Story

My best friend has related this story to me many times. We have been friends for over 20 years and like all good relationships, married, companions, or just long time best friends we find ourselves telling the same stories and jokes over and over. If we truly respect and enjoy who we are with we delight in each retelling as if it were the first time we heard it.
Pat and I were at breakfast and I was excited telling about Big Guy finally getting the wiring on Little Sanitee figured out and bragging about the new mermaid picture I painted on her last Monday and Tuesday. 
This brought  about Pat's Grandparents and their travel trailer story again.
Pat's Grandparents were immigrants from Poland , married since they were young. For many many years papa had his beloved travel trailer. Papa and Gramma went camping every chance they could enjoying the same little camper  for years. Gramma decided they were to old to go camping all the time and made Papa sell his beloved treasure. For all of Papa's 80th year without the camper, he was depressed and pining.  Finally Gramma could take it no longer and told him to go out and get another and they would camp again. For Papa's 81st birthday they readied the trailer and went out to the park for a weekend of camping.  On Sat. morning Gramma was making breakfast. Papa got up to go outside, telling Gramma "Oh Pipka! you have made me the happiest man on earth, I have my camper and I have you!"
It would be nice to say they enjoyed many more years of camping but this is a real story and they don't always end as we would like them to.
Pat's Grandfather had a heart attack and died of natural causes right outside his little camper. He died as the happiest man of earth.
We will all die someday. I pray when my time comes I will be able to say I am the happiest woman on earth.
Picture was painted by me back in the summer in my little camper that makes me so happy, even in drydock.


Jim and Sandie said...

What a beautiful way to leave this earth. I would wish that for all of us.

Erik's RV Blog said...

We could all be so lucky to go out that way. Thanks for stopping by my blog!


Anonymous said...

All the more reason for all of us to not put off doing what we just dream of doing.

Bob (aka stude53)

Anonymous said...

Bitter sweet story. I know too many people who put off doing what they loved, until they retired and then "poof" they were gone.

Cyndi & Stumpy @ RVly Ever After

the_Wanderer said...

The reason we are all seeking the wisdom of the elderly while we are relatively young.