His hands smelled of sun and labour. Since the very first time they held me, they have never been soft. If I had to describe him in just one word, rough would be my best choice.

My grandfather had been a farmer almost all his life, except for a brief parentheses when he worked as a miner. It was very common, at that time, to leave the family behind and go abroad to find fortune.

I like to think that the time he spent digging underground gifted him with the colour of his eyes, as they were as blue as a summer sky.

He was a rough man in his appearance yet his voice was a chime of windbells. I will forever treasure the countless times he had me sitting on
his lap to recount his stories – World War II, his days in the mines, his childhood.

He sang me songs long lost to the wind and taught me games that are my amusement still.
He watched me blossom like a shy moonflower and just when I needed him most, he went for the final journey.
He was my rough, beloved grandfather.

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1 month ago

What a lovely tribute to a beloved grandfather, Lorena. Is this pure fiction, or based on someone in your own family? Welcome to Voice Club and Happy Holidays!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 month ago

“…to leave the family behind and go abroad to find fortune.”, this phrase makes me cry. I know exactly the feeling when our mother leaves us and works abroad. And here I am now like my mother. I am also planning to do the same with my own children (sigh).… Read more »

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Lorena Bellano
1 month ago

You’re most welcome, Lorena. I will if I can.

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
1 month ago

Welcome to Voice.Club, Lorena. Such a beautiful name. Does your name derive from Laurel tree? I adore your imagery in,”His hands smelled of sun and labour…” and “blossom like a shy moonbeam.” You really captured a child’s love for her Grandpa. I thoroughly enjoyed your story. Please continue writing. Happy… Read more »

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
8 days ago

Congratulations on winning, Lorena.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Lorena Bellano
5 days ago

You’re most welcome.

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