This was a very sad week for me and my family. My grandfather passed away after battling lung cancer. Poppa was diagnosed about one month after my wedding day. It was very advanced & there was not much doctors could do for him. My grandfather fought valiantly, never losing his dignity, sense of humor or love for his family. Words can not express just what he meant to me and to all that loved him. He was truly a special man. Always loving, affectionate and patient. He was strong, yet vulnerable. Poppa was the calm in our family storm. The one person that you could always count on. He kept his promises. He kept laughing and eating ice cream. I'll never, ever, forget how his face lit up when I (or any of his grandkids) walked into the room. He was one of the best. My cousin Becky wrote the following eulogy for our dear Poppa.
Today is a day none of us thought would ever come. We are here to say goodbye to a man many of us thought was invincible. A caring and devoted husband of 62 years, a loving father and brother, and the best Poppa any grandchild or great grandchild could ever ask for.
It's hard to put into words what my Poppa meant to us. So, I would like to take this time, on behalf of my cousins to thank our Poppa for a few things.
Poppa, thank you for;
Raising our moms
For taking care of Momma
For all the ice cream, cake, candy, and cookies you snuck us
For fake champagne on New Year's Eve
For letting us style the few hairs on you head up like a troll doll
For changing flat tires
For eating what was left on our plates when we couldn't finish
For showing us a person can yell without ever separating their teeth
For teaching us how to play cards
For teaching us how to beat Momma at cards
For fixing anything and everything
For your patience
For your kindness
For your hugs and kisses
and most of all for loving us each so much that we all felt special
Poppa we all love you and will miss you so much. Our lives will never be the same without you, but we know that you will always watch out for us. We know you must have already received that medal that's "this big". You deserve it more than anyone else. We love you.
My posts have been few & far between. But, I've been thinking of all of you often. Lots & lots is going on & I am a bit overwhelmed. Most of it is good & fabulous. The cookbook is coming along. I'm working on the stories with an editor. The book now has structure and the recipes flow with the stories. My goal is to have all the stories & rewrites done within a couple of weeks. The next step is hiring a food photographer, layout & jacket designer. Woo! It never ends. Every step of this book has taken longer than expected, but, I'm not deterred.
My business, Dawn Falcone Lifestyles is also coming along. My branding is in the final stages & soon will begin working on the website. I'm gathering info, resources, experience & once everything is ready, I'll push it big time.
And I've been asked to be a part of this. It is the project of a dear friend who knows me & my work well. A great group of women are involved in this & I'm totally honored to even be considered. Our big debut is tomorrow at the annual Kip's Bay Kid's Day event. We will be raffling off a bedroom makeover by yours truly called Room To Dream. I'm a bit nervous because I just received the press release & my name is in it!!! Wish me luck.