For Grandpa

September 26, 2008

While giving Mariah a back rub, I offered her a penny for her thoughts. She said simply, “I miss Grandpa.” When asked what she missed about him, she was silent. I said, “I miss him, too.” Then after a few more moments of silence, I said, “I believe his spirit is still present, and that he’s nearby now watching over you.”

Standing Tall (McGuire VAMC, 9/25/08)

Standing Tall (McGuire VAMC, 9/25/08)

With Mariah’s permission, I dedicate these pics of her work yesterday to my Dad, Donald Robert Steinwinter, an Army veteran of WW II.

A few minutes after this picture was taken yesterday afternoon, Mariah broke into sobbing. One piece of her puzzle is that each step forward seems to be accompanied by great sadness.

Walking Toward Tomorrow

– Mark


One Response to “For Grandpa”

  1. Leah said

    Mariah is in my thoughts daily. She is a private and proud person so the bumps along the way aren’t shocking, but they are still hard to hear about nonetheless. Thank you for keeping me in the loop. Love to Mariah.

    By the way is Mariah’s address the same the second time around in Richmond?

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