It's been a year and you've missed out on a lot! I finally moved into that house I was telling you about, I got ANOTHER job, I've made the Dean's List twice since you've been gone, and I successfully made it to Disney World once again (let's be honest - I'll be suckering mom and dad into family vacations until they don't vacation anymore). I've also found my home here at Southeast, even though I know how much you hated when I was gone for weeks at a time. You would be really proud of me.
My 21st birthday was a little under a month ago, and all I could think about was your last Thanksgiving when all you wanted was a margarita. I get it, because same.
Momma finally whipped grandpa into shape. Well.. Kinda. He still is the GROUCHIEST old man I think I've ever met, but he's gotten soft and I can see right through him. He loves it when I come home to visit him on my breaks from school, so I make sure I stop by when I can. Sorry I didn't come see you as often.
Tyler finally got his license, so we (mom) don't have to drive him everywhere. Want to make bets on how long it takes him to wreck the truck?! He's already partially destroyed the boat and ruined one of those big wooden blocks that I used to balance on at the end of the driveway. What's next??
I've also grown a lot this past year. For a while, the rain scared me a little because it reminded me of the mud that my feet were covered in after the ambulance drove away, carrying you. Even the chills that I felt the first time I got REALLY sick in the winter gave me flashbacks to the phone call I had with my best friend just after I was able to process what was happening that night. I'm not saying this so you can feel sorry for me, I'm saying this so you won't do it to me again because that was just rude. You always did like to have dramatic exits.
I loved going through mom's old bedroom with all of your stuff that you stockpiled for absolutely no reason. I found a couple of your Bibles from when you were little, some letters, birthday cards, and your high school diploma. I'll have a college diploma to sit right next to it here in the next 6 months. Don't miss graduation!!
I hope your daddy welcomed you with open arms when you finally saw him again! I can't wait to meet him and tell you all of my stories.
I love you, and I miss you more than I ever knew I could.
Merry Christmas, Grandma. We'll all be okay here.