Hi, just thought you would all appreciate this little story.
At the end of Steve's funeral, his grandson pipes up, "has anybody read the will yet?" We hadn't even pulled out of the Crem!!! Later it turned out that he wanted to know if his Grandad had left him his Ice Axe. What he thought was an axe was in fact was a grap rail, that helped Steve in and out of the car. His proper Ice Axe is 10 times bigger than what young Archie thought he wanted. (Steve was a rock climber)
It was his 12th birthday today, so between me and his father, we got Steve's axe, had it mounted on a rather large piece of wood, with a picture of Archie and Steve, taken a few years ago and got a little plaque with Steve's signature engraved on it. I gave it to him, saying it was from his grandfather, he looked at it and came and gave me a hug, but couldn't let go, he was so obviously sobbing, which set me off and his Mum and Dad!
This is a child that I thought didn't really know his grandfather, his father hid from the illness, therefore Steve didn't see much of them. How wrong was I? how wrong was Steve's son, keeping his son from his Grandfather? Children have a way of cutting through the crap and only seeing the things that matter. This young man certainly did, I really, really hope Steve was up there watching Archie tonight, treasuring receiving this precious gift from his Grandfather.
Lots of love