Today is a bittersweet day for me – it is both my birthday, as well as the anniversary of my grandfather’s death. This year marks the tenth year since his passing.
My grandfather was a very special man. Family was everything to him, and you could always count on my grandpa to come to your rescue if you needed it. My grandpa had a beautiful singing voice, he raised horses, and he loved ice cream. I used to go fishing with my grandfather, and we even took a cross-country trip together when I was twelve. My grandpa was one of my heroes.
One thing that my grandfather taught me is that no one can steal from you if you willingly give everything you have to others. This level of compassion and generosity has stayed with me, and it is one of the central motivations behind my activism. I don’t have a lot of money, but I do have computer skills, organizing abilities, and a passion for serving others. If my activism is motivated by one thing at all, it is motivated by love.
I have no idea what my grandfather’s opinion was about abortion. I know he was a registered Republican his entire adult life. But abortion never came up in any of the conversations I had with him while he was alive. Nevertheless, I feel that the best tribute I can give my grandfather is to keep advocating for my community and doing the best I can to serve others.
I don’t know if they have the internet in heaven, but if they do, I hope my grandpa is proud to be an inspiration for my activism.
Serena is a freelance writer who enjoys baking, protesting, and playing with little dogs.