I love you too, Poppa.

My beloved Poppa died this week.

He was so incredibly special to me.

I feel so blessed that I was able to spend time with him at his home in Mt Maunganui, New Zealand just a few days before he passed. While he was only able to utter one last sentence to me, I’ll treasure his words forever.

He has been one of the most influential people in my life and I’m so grateful and so proud to be his Granddaughter. 

He was my role model, my cheerleader and my friend who taught me so much about what is important in life. The values about life which he exemplified so honorably and consistently were gifted to me with his unending love.

And so, while he is no longer with me, he is forever within me. My promise to him is to demonstrate this for as long as I live. 

I love you too, Poppa. xox

Kim Kirby

London, UK