Happy Birthday, Grandpa!!!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Today is my Grandpa's 90th birthday. My family is having a big bash in his honor and I'm sad we won't be there to help him celebrate. So in lieu of that, here is my written testament to my grandfather.

Grandpa truly is one of a kind. He's such a wonderful grandfather and incredible person and I feel so very blessed to have had in my life for the last 30 years.

I have so many found memories of Grandpa growing up. A few that I can think of off the top of my head include: building sand castles at the beach, digging for sand crabs, his plaid golf pants, his devotion to his dog Mocha, Breyer's ice cream and Lipton Iced Tea and Triscuits, watching Bill O'Reilly, double dating on Valentine's Day, agreeing that Alan Keyes was a fantastic presidential candidate, the Dog Whisperer and EWTN, ice cream in the coffee for breakfast, his famous phrases like "good show" and "okay, team," his love for his friends and family, the list goes on and on.

Among the many things his example has taught me, I can think of three that stand out. One, his generosity. He's one of the most generous people I know. He seems to always be on the lookout for different ways to help people. And I've been on the receiving end of his generosity many, many times.

And his generosity extends to all areas of life. He and my grandmother are the proud parents to 13 kids and 39 (I think) grandchildren. And now they're the great-grandparents to five little ones. There's always room for one more family member in the Schnugg family.

Secondly, his humility. He was a respected doctor in his day and is a revered member of the community. Everyone knows and loves Dr. Schnugg. But Grandpa has a subtle humility about him that I truly admire. He readily admits what he is and isn't good at and what he can and cannot do. As someone who has difficulty admitting when I'm not naturally good at something, I've learned a lot from him.

Lastly, the importance of family. Grandpa has always stressed the importance of family. Whether it's encouraging his grandchildren to research the family tree or to use the beach house for family occasions, he's always encouraging his kids and his grandkids to hang out, to have a party, to enjoy each other. And due to his example we do enjoy each other's company and throwing a party or two.

So to Grandpa on your 90th birthday, all I can really say is good show. Good show, Grandpa.


  1. So beautiful!

    ~ Jeannee (edisonmyndiecoco@yahoo.com)


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