The baby is keeping me wide awake. It's 12:15 on my laptop and I just realized... Maybe the baby wants me to write something about his/her late great grandfather. And when I say great, I mean GREAT.
Today is officially August 29, 2009 and it marks the 1st year death anniversary of my beloved grandfather, Benito Munoz. He died of complications of stroke last year. He was in a comatose, paralized, and just gave up on life one day. We all figured maybe it was really his time to go. It was depressing to lose him, but in another light, we didn't want him in any pain anymore. It hurt a lot (and it still does) but we had to accept that he finally let go. And so on August 29, 2008 he went with the angels to take him to heaven.
I was never really close with him but I'm proud to say that I was the only one whom he entrusted some of his last thoughts about his life. One day I visited him to take a reading of his blood pressure and what seemed to be an ordinary checkup turned out to be a heart to heart talk. He cried in front of me and we shared a very serious conversation. I comforted him and just tried to keep myself together and be strong for him when deep inside, it crushed my heart to see him cry. I will never forget that day, and I will never forget what he said to me.
I miss him. I miss everything about him. I still think about him all the time. Even the old man in the movie "Up" reminds me a lot of him. He always wanted to be alone. I just wish we had more time to make him feel that he wasn't.
I pray that he's in heaven now. He deserves to be at peace. My Lolo Benito will always be remembered as a good man, a good friend, a good brother, a good husband, a good father, and a very great grandfather. I just wish the baby could have met him before he left this world so he/she can experience what a loving grandfather he was.
Lolo's 72nd birthday.
He died at 76.
Rest in peace, Lolo. We miss you so much.
Mahal na mahal ka po namin and you will always be remembered.