Saturday, September 24, 2011

Walk To End Alzheimer's

Last Sunday we went to Lexington to honor my grandfather in the Walk To End Alzheimer's. Eli and I walked here in Bowling last year, but we wanted to get the whole family involved this year.

Oddly, it was on a Sunday so we had to miss church to make it. Nonetheless, it was very special to walk through downtown Lexington four generations strong to honor my Papaw!!

The walk always makes my sentimental because I realize that my son will never truly understand how wonderful my grandfather was prior to this disease.

Eli will never see determination in the eyes of the man who hitch-hiked from the mountains of eastern Kentucky to the University of Kentucky just get ahead in life.

Eli will never smell my Papaw's aftershave on a crisply ironed oxford shirt.

Eli never taste his stovetop fresh popcorn, or enjoy Papaw's favorite breakfast...a Honey Bun.

Eli will never feel Papaw's rough whiskers when he kisses him goodbye.

And mostly sadly, he will never hear my Papaw ask him the most important question of his life, "Do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior?" A question my dad was asked, I was asked, and countless strangers have been asked by the mostly Godly man I have ever known.
So you see, this walk wasn't just to raise money or awareness of this horrid disease. To me, this walk was a chance to honor the memory of the greatest man I have ever known and to share his legacy with my son.

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