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Grandpas can do anything. Like fixing our training wheels.

They have strong, wrinkle-laiden hands.

They have great stories about the “olden days.”

Their cologne rubs off on our clothes, and their smile rubs off on our soul.

They’re stern when we break the rules, and the first to congratulate us when we respect them.

They remember where they were when news stories broke that we only read about in history books. They remember a war or two. And they visit death a little more every year as another friend dies.

Grandpas are the granular part of our foundation, the reminder that this thing has been around a lot longer than we have. And that it will still be here when they’re gone. Because before we know it, we’ll be just like them.

Strong, wrinkled hands, cologne, stories, and tools to fix training wheels.

We’ll be just like our heroes.

We’ll be Grandpas.



Nathan R. · 19 Apr ’12 at 1:28 am

Love this! and love your dad.

    Christopher Hopper · 19 Apr ’12 at 6:50 am

    Thanks Nathan. Love your kids’ grandpa right back.

Natalie S. · 19 Apr ’12 at 5:15 am

So true. Love your kids’ Grandpa so much!! 😉

Gabe · 19 Apr ’12 at 10:57 am

I like! 🙂

    Christopher Hopper · 19 Apr ’12 at 11:09 am

    Thanks bro! Grandpas are great, eh?

    Gabe · 19 Apr ’12 at 2:05 pm


Jerry Godsey · 19 Apr ’12 at 11:18 am

My grandpa is one of my heroes of the faith! He pastored right up until he passed at the age of 91! One of the most rewarding times of my life was driving up to his church every other week to preach for him the last couple of years of his life. Now that I am a grandpa, it amazes me to think that maybe my hero looked at me like I look at my grandson. Humbling, to say the least. Thanks for this post!

    Christopher Hopper · 19 Apr ’12 at 11:51 am

    What a beautiful legacy! Thanks for adding this to my post – perfect.

Marcia Bauchleeeee · 19 Apr ’12 at 11:49 am

What a great tribute to grandpas. With 7 grandbabies between 1 and 5, we are in the middle of the grandparents of little ones phase and loving it! Your dad, as you know is one of my favorite people in the world. It’s so great to see his picture with Judah, his grandson. Please don’t stop posting pics of your parents with your children. Grandparents need their grandchildren and grandchildren need their grandparents. Parents get so busy taking care of the needs of the family, and grandparents can just sit and listen to all the questions that little ones have and answer them a thousand times. I wouldn’t trade this time in my life for anything. Love you Hoppers!

    Christopher Hopper · 19 Apr ’12 at 11:52 am

    Awe – thank you Marcia. So appreciate your kind words about my parents, and my Daddy specifically. You got it!

erin · 19 Apr ’12 at 12:00 pm

This is just awesome; you’re gonna make me cry. It totally belongs on greeting card!!

Beth · 19 Apr ’12 at 1:05 pm

This brought tears to my eyes. Thankful for the awesome grandfather I have & missing the one who died when I was 6. The memories are precious.
Too many people today take grandparents for granted; spend time with them, get their wisdom, stories & cherish the time you have with them. 🙂

AnneMarie · 19 Apr ’12 at 1:19 pm

What a beautiful tribute, CH. I didn’t have that, nor do my girls, which is sad.
But they have a crazy big brother! :o)

Billy Jepma · 19 Apr ’12 at 4:21 pm

Wow, that was so great. It’s amazing how much truth is in there. Grandpa’s are amazing, and I treasure the one I have, and rejoice for the other; because he’s with his Jesus. 🙂

    Christopher Hopper · 19 Apr ’12 at 7:19 pm

    Wonderful Billy. And it was great seeing you today!

Jennifer Hopper · 21 Apr ’12 at 12:43 pm

Beautifully written. You know that I’ll only love you more when you have more wrinkles:)

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