Big Hank

As I write this I am sitting in my grandmother's living room in Portland, OR. I am here to visit my grandfather, Hank, who is one of the kindest people that I know. My grandpa suffered a stroke a couple of months ago, and he has been suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's

Although he has now lost some of his height and the majority of his agility, in his prime my grandfather was 6' 4''. He still has sparkly blue eyes that light up when he is talking with you. His smile and laugh are contagious. He tells stories extremely well, and would start friendships with anyone. He was in the army during WWII, and I've heard many of his war stories. Some are heartbreaking and others make you laugh till you pee your pants. My grandfather aided his fellow soldiers many times when it would have been easier to leave them behind. He touched people from all walks of life and did so without even thinking twice. He was a civil rights activist, a social justice focused pastor, and a kind father. I will leave you with one of his war stories which is my favorite:

My grandpa fell into the category of what the Germans thought was an "ideal" man, tall, blond, blue eyed. The US army compiled a group of men who fit this description of perfection and created a group of men - tall, blue eyed, and blond. My grandfather was dragged into the crew. They were to march down a street in Germany in order to sort of "stick it" to the Germans who remained. The Ally army officials gave orders to upturn the homes in a civilian apartment building. My grandfather was groupedwith another tall, blond, blue eyed soldier and they went on their way. Although his partner encourage him to rampage the home they were assigned, when my grandfather arrived at the doorstep an elderly couple greeted the two soldiers he told them why they were there but that he would cause them no harm. My grandpa's partner left him in an angry huff. The elderly couple shared a cup of tea with my grandfather while all around them other homes were being upturned. My grandfather's partner finally returned and was joined by an official who arrested and drove my grandfather to a prison. At the prison the guards told my grandfather that they didn't need ANOTHER soldier in prison and that a big fella like him should be a guard. Thus began my grandpa's stint as a prison guard. -_- 

Here is me a few days ago:




top - from an LA shop (made by LA ppl)
jeans, belt - thrift
necklace - gift

Well, I hope you are having a good week and that this post finds you well. 

Peace.


14 comments :

  1. I love your pants so much ! I love you <3
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  2. This is a really sweet post. Your grandpa sounds amazing. I love hearing my grandparents and other elderly relatives tell stories! And of course your outfit is great.

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  3. Oh my god I'm sobbing why are you so perfect?????
    1. That story. is the sweetest. thing. The tea part, not the prison guard one.
    2. YOUR JEANS. They just do it for me. It's. so. great. Jeeeeez i'm in love <3<3<3

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  4. BASICALLY...your grandpa is awesome. I hope your trip is going well so far, but i cant wait for you to be back!!! and that top is even better than I imagined. how? I don't know.

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  5. wow, he sounds like an incredible man. i wish i was able to be close with my grandpa, but unfortunately we have extremely opposite views, morals, and opinions. thanks for sharing, that was cool to read. :)

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  6. Grandfathers are amazing creatures. Sorry for your grandfather's illness, I know how that can be.

    Love this outfit 1000% I want that necklace!

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  7. Awww, your Granpa sounds like an amazing person! I'm sorry to hear about his stroke, I hope he's recovering ok. I've never had a relationship with any grandparents and can't help but feel like I've missed out. This post was really lovely. What a great story!

    Love your necklace and those pants! Cool mask too! You're awesome <3

    xo
    ZK

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  8. Aw your grandfather sounds like he was such a nice man. Aaah, war is so messed up. I'm sorry about his illness and the stroke... one of my grandfather's died from a stroke :( I hope your grandfather is feeling better!

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  9. Your grandpa sounds like such a fantastic person. It's unfortunate that this, what he's going through right now, is his reality. You really never know what can happen in your life, it's crazy.

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  10. I read this post last night and I have to tell you, it is really lovely story. It made me happy, and then led me to have a moment of remembering my Grandma. Memories are so magical! And so are Grandparents. Thanks for sharing <3
    As for your outfit, I love it. You wear it so well! Seriously. And your hair looks so long!!!!!?
    <3

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  11. Looooove your style, we think it's super awesome!!!

    ox from NYC!
    davie+erica

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  12. i so love this post .. not only your outfit on here but also the story you shared! you seem like a very good person :)

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  13. I ended up on your blog through some strange internet twists and turns... I am so happy I did! This post is amazing! More people need to share the stories they know about the amazing people in their lives! Really, really touching! Thank you so much!

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  14. So good to meet you last week. Your family is amazing. Lots of great (and very tall) characters!

    XO herb

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