A Sad Memory

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A Sad Memory

A memory is a person’s power to remember things. You try to remember the good things in life, but sometimes you just can’t help but to remember the bad things too. I’m good at remembering things but even if I wasn’t, I don’t think I could forget the day Byron Kenneth Brown, my grandfather died. He was and still is my favorite grandpa.

My grandpa was diagnosed with A.L.S. when I was really little. A.L.S. or Lou Gehrig’s disease is a disease that damages motor neutrons in your brain and spinal cord. Motor Neutrons are very important in the neuromuscular system, the system that allows our bodies to move. Basically, my grandpa’s muscles were being eaten by this terrible disease. He eventually became paralyzed.

The day was July 31, 2008 when this terrible disease took my grandpa from us. He wasn’t just my grandpa he was a father and a retired veteran. I looked up to him as a little kid. I didn’t know what to do when he died. When we got that call from my dad we were all devastated. When we got to the nursing home my grandma and Aunt Stacy were already there.

I remember that day like it was yesterday. Everyone so upset about a death in the family, everyone disappointed to see a loved one gone. My grandpa was a very well know man. Everyone loved him; he never gave anyone a reason not to. At my grandpa’s funeral at Mudd Veach Funeral Home here in Silex, I met family that I’d never met before. Some were from Florida, and some that I’ve heard of but never seen before.

After he died we had a benefit to raise money for A.L.S. The benefit was at Barney T’s Pub and Grub. We raised a lot of money and everyone came out to give their condolences to me and my family. There were so many people. I’ll never forget that day! I remember as a kid my grandpa would be at my house throwing the football outside with us, but that was before he got sick.

It really sucks that he’s gone now, but I know he’s in a better place watching...
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