Happy 2019 to you all, dear readers & visitors ! Wishing you the best for this new year, though we all know some/most of us will have to face little or bigger challenges this year.

We personally had to face a first bad news, my maternal grand-father, my last living grand-parent, passed away, peacefully & painlessly, in his sleep on Friday 04th. He was going to be 100 years old in March.

He’s had a (very) long, well-filled & healthy life. He could walk, read the newspaper & watch TV until last year, but we clearly all understood that in 2018 his physical & mental health declined radically. It was not a huge surprise to hear about his passing away, but it’s always a shock because you didn’t expect the news that day.

Leaving this world at almost 100 years old, in his own house, painlessly … I suppose we all long for such an eternal departure. I’ll be missing him a lot.

He was born in March 1919, and I can’t imagine how it felt to witness so much change in everything. From the real improvements in life to the worst things men on earth have been able to do. Sigh.

He was my only grand-parent to be alive and present to our wedding (1999), to the birth of our first son (2002) then our second son. (2004) My maternal grand-mother (his wife) passed away in December 1998, and it’s been already 20 years since then. Twenty years, I can’t believe how both fast & slow time passed by.

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Why did I choose pine for the only photo of this post, you may wonder. Well, in Japanese culture, the pine tree is known to represent longevity, good fortune and steadfastness. It is commonly linked with virtue and long life, even immortality ... I thought it was completely fitting my grand-pa’s life.

Thank you for reading.

With love,