Saturday 7 April 2012


G is for ‘Gandalf’.
What a man! What a glorious wizard… I loved his character best in LOTR. Grey beard, flowing white robes, and a whole lot of wisdom. What I like best about him is that he is practical; he knows when exactly when he has to run! J I won’t say much about him because honestly, I read the book a long time ago and I don’t remember much of the finer details.

Der Berggeist, said to be Tolkein's inspiration for Gandalf (from Wikipedia)

G is also for Grandpa.
He is my hero and my inspiration. Today, it’s been a whole year since he was diagnosed with an inoperable tumour on his pancreas. Since then, he has had two major surgeries and countless minor procedures. He’s lost 40 kilos and needs help with his daily needs. And now he has good days and bad. His spirit is undaunted. He still keeps track of every minor event at my workplace and never fails to wish me luck. He will probably never be the same again physically, but to me, he represents the greatest wizard of all time!

Grandpa and I, 1991


JoJo said...

So very sorry about your grandpa but he sounds like a fighter with a great attitude!

Teresa Cypher said...

I thought that this post was good when I read about Gandalf, but when it continued into your grandpa, it got great! You are so blessed to have him, and I sense that you are steeled to not waste a moment of his life. Bless you, dearie, for being such a good support person for him :-) I hope that you have him for many, many, many years...

Mimi said...

wow, your grandfather doesn't look like he had much weight to lose. You are lucky to have him.

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