Last night we watched Kobe Bryant’s jersey’s hung up at the Lakers Stadium. (To be fair, this was not as huge a deal to me as it was to my husband).
I knew NOTHING about Kobe Bryant or sports in general until I met my husband. I’ve learned a great deal over the years but I’m still not into it as much as he is.
What got me last night though, was his video “Dear Basketball”, I’m so emotional lately it really got to me!
Kobe talked about his #mambamentality and ever since then I’ve been thinking about my grandpa. He had the closest mentality to that of anyone I’ve ever known.
He has Dementia now. He is living at a care center and most of the time he doesn’t know who I am. There have been moments when he has known who I am and those are so precious to me.
He was an amazing salesman back in his day. He was also top salesman no matter what company he worked for. He was a Marine. He was in Korea. He did a lot of amazing things before I came along but here are the things I remember most about him:
He got up at 5am every day regardless of weather. He would walk his German Shepherd 3 miles ever morning. Then he would come home and have the same breakfast every day.
He would drink three cups of green tea a day.
He LOVED his garden. Every since retirement, he would spend hours a day out in the garden: weeding, moving sprinklers, planting seeds. My grandparents had the best garden! He loved his front yard. Ever since I can remember he would be out front playing with us and pulling weeds.
He would watch Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune every night. He also did the crossword in the newspaper.
He had passion in every thing he did. I don’t remember a day he wasn’t up by 5 am. He had his routine and he stuck to it until he couldn’t remember it anymore.
He is one of the greatest men I know. He was always doing something.
And I think “Dear Basketball” reminded me of him because he had so much passion and so much love for his job, his garden, his front yard, and his family.
I don’t get to see him very much because he lives out of state now and I miss him a lot.
I will never understand dementia. I will never understand why such a healthy man was diagnosed with such an awful disease. He walked every day, took his vitamins, drank his green tea, was a vegetarian…it just doesn’t make sense.
But I know that there are a lot of things in life that don’t make sense. All we can do is pray and just have faith in God. I know this is part of His plan. I’ve always believed that God never gives us more than we can handle but He does give us trials. This is just a trial for my family. A trial that we all hate but yet we are all strong enough for.