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That Dear Man I Loved So Much

Updated on April 23, 2013

That Dear Man I loved So much

As far back as I can remember in my mind's eye I can always see

That dear man I loved so much and he felt the same way about me.

On his face he wore a mustache but it did not look out of place,

That was before most man thought they had to decorate their face.

I guess I had better get back to that special man that I knew,

If I could reveal what he was like I know you would love him ,too.

It seems long ago life in the past and memories rush to my mind.

Like walks we took and jump rope, he was always sweet and kind.

He knew when persimmons were ready and he let me tag along.

Where he went I would , too,and he thought I could do no wrong.

I was his ,"Toots,"he was Grandpa and we spent many a happy day,

Until the year that I was seven and then The Lord called him away.

God saw he was so weary and life had not always been the best.

God in His Tender Love and Mercy took my Grandpa home to rest.

I had other loved ones but none to fill the void that was left that day.

For none one could ever replace the Love that God had sent our way.

At times I will think of him and wonder what he would think of me now.

Would he know me?I was a child then, if he did only God could say how..

Will that same love still burn in our heart and draw us so close again

In the land with loved ones?Always a place of Love , void of all pain!

Clara Kish


It's funny when I think about it ,I only knew him

for 7 years but they were good years and they

have been with me all of my life. I wish I could

have had a few more years with him I am sure

there would have been a lot of changes in my

life but I am thankful that I do have good

memories of him that will never fade away.

I have been wanting to write about him for a

long time and finally decided I had better get

it done now ,Hope I did not bore you too much.


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    • clara kish@yahoo. profile imageAUTHOR

      Clara Kish 

      5 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

      Hello Jackie . thanks for your comment and I ,too, can remember things when I was around 4 years old,it seems there are some things that always stick in our mind no matter what else we forget.I was born in 1929 in the year of the depression and our family and grandparents lived together and I could spent a lot of time with my grandfather,and many things I will never forget.If we had not lived together I would not have all of these memories today.Good memories. Love Clara

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Very beautiful, I have memories from before I was four, it seems to amaze people what I can remember but I guess I was always studying people; not into playing. I loved all my grandparents but was closest to my mom's parents. It seems like yesterday.


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      Clara Kish 

      5 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

      Hi Tessie ,

      I see that you found it , When I saw it said a guest , I knew it was you on here.When you get older you forget so many thing s but people like our Grandpas we will never forget, they are special people, especially if you was the pet, which I was, and I know you was your Grandpas ,too.

      thanks for your comment, Tessie, Love you , Cherry

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      Tessie Payne 

      5 years ago

      Very nice Poem and great memories. 7 is said to be a perfect number

      maybe, that is why these 7 years were so special and the memories are

      perfect. I understand how you feel about your Grandpa and his death.

      I lost my dear Grandpa at age 9. We shared that kind of love you had with your Grandpa. Mine was an old Soldier and the Family said since he and I were so close that I should have the flag that covered his casket. The flag was folded at the Cemetary and placed into the arms

      of a weeping child. I have it in a display box in my living room and his memories willl always live in my heart. Love, Tessie

    • clara kish@yahoo. profile imageAUTHOR

      Clara Kish 

      5 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

      Thank you , Blossom, When I grew up the grandparents seemed to have more time to spend with the grandchildren , especially grandfathers. Anymore that does not seem to be the case ,too many grandparents have to take over as the parents and there is a lot lost in that situation then . The children sometimes lose out having special times with Grandpa and Grandma. This is called progress?I was fortunate to have both.Love ,Clara

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      I think I know how you feel. My Grandpa died when I was only four, but I remember vividly some of the happy times we spent together. He sang some funny songs and had a great sense of humour, but he could also recite long chapters of the Bible. Happy memories are precious.

    • clara kish@yahoo. profile imageAUTHOR

      Clara Kish 

      5 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

      Thank you ,Faith , I am glad that you liked it . I have thought for a long while about writing about my Grand father but I just never got around to it , I wanted my family to see what he was like,too,I have talked about him but he died when I was 7 years old but to me he was very special, I don't know if that will get to them or not.Back then we didn't have very much in our lives ,we were poor but I don't think that we knew that then, we were together as family .Love, Clara

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, Clara, this is precious!!! What a lovely, lovely write here. You will see him again one day, and I bet you will look to him as you did back then.

      This was a delight to read. Thank you for sharing about your special man from back then!

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

    • clara kish@yahoo. profile imageAUTHOR

      Clara Kish 

      5 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

      Thank you ,shanmarie, it is a shame that so many people , miss out being loving grandparents when they have the full care of their grandchildren and we see it more and more , at times it is not always the children's parent' s that are to blame ,there could be different reason, sickness , no job , other things happen ,too.At times it is hard for everyone in that situation.Thank you for taking the time to answer, Clara

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      Shannon Henry 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Yes, that is true. I hadn't thought about that when I read your lovely poem, but it is definitely a different dynamic when raising children than simply spending time with them.

    • clara kish@yahoo. profile imageAUTHOR

      Clara Kish 

      5 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

      Hello shanmarie , thank you for your comment , I am glad that you like it ,Yes, grandparents can be very special . a lot of grandparents are missing out o n the fun of grandchildren because they are raising them and have the full care of them , too many have that job put on them at times.It is sad ,that it is that way anymore. Clara.

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      Clara Kish 

      5 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

      Thank you Laurie , Yes , grandparents are special and this one was extra special , I was so sorry to lose him so early but I never forgot what he had meant to me . I was his pet and I knew it then , at that time our whole family lived together so I was very close to him . Love, Clara

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      Shannon Henry 

      5 years ago from Texas

      That's beautiful, and I'm sure many can relate to special memories of grandparents.

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      5 years ago

      very beautiful, this is yours and your memories and no one can take that away from you.

      Grandparents so special

      Thank you for this, well written and from the heart

      God bless you



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