was going from being part of one family to two. A whole other sets of grandparents, aunts uncles, cousins, people you basically don't know from Adam that in a instance become "family".
Because Ben and I dated so long (1999-2005...with the exception of one very sad summer for Benny, and our missions) I already knew his parents and siblings VERY well (he's the oldest of 8, and the youngest was not even a year when we started dating, so she's basically never known her brother Ben with Chelsea too.)
But the extended family was a bit different.
Takes time and patience and observation and asking questions and really listening and trying to keep everyone straight to make a meaningful relationship out of a mere"relative"
Poppa was easy.
Poppa liked to talk. He liked to share: his thoughts, his opinions, his testimony, his theories on microwaves, his full-endorsement of DeVry (every grandchild will chuckle at this), his genealogy, his time, his love.
Poppa was incredible smart and has an unbelievable story.
He left us, his posterity with many things...
|A certain recognizable head-shape (that needn't be covered by hair) and maybe the ears too!|
|A sense of our heritage. he was a great family historian, loved the temple, exemplified the role of a patriarch, and often spoke lovingly an hopefully of his posterity.|