He was born and raised
on a ranch out West
as was his father and his father before him
never a shortage of work, but claiming he was
worked every day, until his eyes grew too dim.
My parents lived in the city, preferring that
But every summer, I was sent to live with them
at first, I hated it; finding nothing worthwhile
I had chores to do, but inside I was depressed.
But over time, my views changed and I began to
why they loved the life they led so far from the
even though they worked hard all day, their life
and I looked at them with love in my heart
instead of pity.
He had a set of values he lived by all his life
And over time, he taught me his ways
He said, “If you live by these values, you’ll
avoid a lot of strife;
You’ll live a good life all of your days.
Always stand by your word, always give a helping
hand to those in need
Do what is right and you can always hold your
head up high
Always share when you can, don’t fall to the
evils of greed.
These are things I’ll live by till the day I
Always work hard and love what you do
Always make time for those you love
Never start a job and not finish it; see it
Remember, everything you do, God is watching
He spent time with the Lord, a little every day
But always found time to play with me too
I grew to love the Lord; Grandpa taught me to
He said, “Always let your love for God stay
His love for grandma always burned bright
They always faced life’s struggles side by side
His neighbors always called him ‘Their guiding
And Grandma always looked to him with pride.
Many years have passed since those wonderful
They now are home with God in Heaven above
But I’ve never forgotten his values; his ways
are now my ways
And when I think of them, my heart fills with
July 23, 2007