What Are You Most Grateful For?
We asked. You answered. In this month of giving thanks, we thank you.
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I remember dancing to the swing tune “In the Mood” with my grandfather, Robert Fleck Sr., during my wedding reception in 2002. He had been diagnosed with stomach cancer three years prior and underwent stomach removal surgery. Despite my grandfather’s hardships, he never lost his sense of humor. Shortly after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2007, my husband and I welcomed our second son. We named him Gavin Robert, in honor of my grandfather. The family was together again to celebrate my nephew’s Bar Mitzvah in May 2008. When the deejay played, of all things, “In the Mood,” my grandfather and I danced. I will never forget his smile that night. He was not at his strongest, but he could still cut a rug. He passed away a year later. I will always remember that last dance. It taught me to slow down and enjoy life. I look on the bright side, and I laugh as much as possible. I am so grateful for my grandfather, and for the life lessons he taught me.
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