On August 31 2011, we lost Ryan's Dad. He's had Alzheimer's for about 9 years. He just turned 66 years young on 8/14. He was a cowboy. Born, raised, and lived his entire life in Alpine, Utah. There's a "P" on the mountain for Pack in Alpine. He grew up and worked on a fruit farm there. He had a handle bar mustache. He sorta always had a growling/grunt in every sentence or word I ever heard him speak. It was almost like a mumble but not. I'm certain that nobody else could pull it off they way he could.
His death was unexpected to me, and I think Ryan also. It's strange because after he died my brother-in law pointed out that he still knew who we all were. I guess that's why it was unexpected to me. I thought that although he was so sick, we still had a few more 'rest home' years where we would have to be saddened from that tragedy of him not knowing us anymore.
He couldn't un-zip a zipper, change the channel, or basically speak at all... but, his face would light up when he saw my kids. I can genuinely say that I loved that man. I credit him for what I got [and of course his Mother too]. For such a fine boy he raised.
The funeral service was beautiful. I loved hearing old tales about the old days. Dale was an extremely hard worker. Always worked his full-time job + the fruit farm + hay farms + other odd jobs. I also learned that he was loud, tough, and cussed a lot [or loudly cussed a lot].
I can't help but be plagued with the odd fantasy of farm-life. If you would have asked me 5-25 years ago if I would ever feel drawn to live on a farm I would have given you a big fat hell no! Over the past [almost] 10 years of marriage Ryan has become increasingly fond of gardening. He wants to take out more grass to expand our vegetable garden and flower beds, and frequently talks about how he's gonna plant what/where next year. He cans. I've canned a little bit, but mostly, basically it's all him. Every year he perfects his pickled jalepenos recipe. I frequently find searches for acres for sale in towns I've never heard of left on the computer. It occurred to me one day. It's in his blood. It literally runs through his veins. he's a farmer.
It's crazy but I know if he wanted to quit his job and buy some land I'd go in a heartbeat, no questions asked. The fantasy of non-processed foods that we grew with our own 2 hands and home-made cheese, jams, bread, and butter sounds appetizing. Seeing what I look like with my natural hair color again [minus the gray]. Teaching my boys what hard work really is.... A world without high fructose corn syrup, Tylenol PM, and caring about carbs is really appealing to me. Maybe, that could be us perhaps? Who knows... A farmer's wife perhaps. It sounds romantic. i am after all a sheep-herders daughter so it would seem fit that i'd marry a farmer. we would for sure have to find a way to incorporate A/C though and spiders would be an issue :)
|Dale holding baby Finn with Joann [his sweetheart]|
|Finn watching a cartoon with Grandpa in the 5th wheel in Torrey.|
|Baby Colum with Grandma and Grandpa. This pic makes me both happy and sad. Happy that Grandpa got to meet my baby and sad because you can see his illness in his eyes. He died much too young.|