Memories of Antonio

Hello everyone.

This is a retelling of one of my earliest posts.  I am reposting it in memory of my grandfather’s birthday.

– Cathy


Antonio1My grandfather, Antonio Lopez, known as Abuelito, was in his sixties when I was born. His driver’s license listed his birth date as 06-13-95. Years ago when going through  a box filled with old papers, we found a copy of an affidavit of his birth.  He was born on a farm in Mexico. The date showed 1893!  I was surprised to think he would have been 100 years old in 1993 instead of 1995.

I’ve seen a picture of him in a military uniform.  He was a robust young man. I never knew that part of him.

Don Antonio 2

To me, Abuelito’s hair was a silvery crew cut.  He had a twinkle in his eye and a quick sense of humor.

As a little girl I would follow him around the house. I remember watching him mowing the lawn while I sat on the porch.  I loved to spend time with him.

We would walk down the street to wait for my grandmother as she came out of work.  I often tried to convince him to buy sweet bread from the nearby Mexican bakery.

Carmen Antonio

At night, when we were supposed to be asleep, my siblings and I would crawl on our hands and knees into my grandparents’ room to surprise them.

Eventually we’d say good-night and make our way back to our own rooms.

Even though they acted surprised, my grandparents knew we were there and they just played along. We didn’t figure that out until we were much older!

Cathy 2

In the spring birds would build nests in the patio beams. My grandfather would pick me to look at the little eggs. I could never convince him to let me keep a bird after it hatched.

When it rained we would watch the storms from the patio. Being with him I was never afraid of the lightning and thunder.

Carmen 5

He used to take Abuelita, my sister Rose, and me shopping downtown.

Abuelita was an incredible shopper with amazing stamina. She would bargain shop for what felt like an eternity.

We would often get tired and whiny, then pester to go home.  My grandfather always waited for us in the department store’s coffee shop.  He would always be there reading.

Don Antonio

Early in my high school years my grandfather’s health began to decline.  He spent his last days in his home, our family’s home.

My grandfather died when I was 14. The ache I felt lasted many years.

Now, when I hear the sound of thunder in the distance, I think of him and I smile.

Happy Birthday, Abuelito.  In loving memory.


I've always enjoyed writing and finally decided it was time to blog! As part of my profession I write every day, but I'm now trying to take the time to write creatively. My family and friends have been very encouraging as there is little that is written down in the way of a family chronicle. This is a favorite topic of mine! In addition to family history, I write about life, family, friends and faith. My husband is a full-time parent to our special needs daughter. I’ve explored this topic, too. I also enjoy music, crocheting, reading and relaxing with my family. I hope you enjoy what I have to offer!

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27 comments on “Memories of Antonio
  1. seekraz says:

    What nice thoughts to have when you hear thunder…gentle and powerful at once…. 🙂

  2. Love the nostalgic posts. Happy birthday, Abuelito.

  3. dorannrule says:

    What a beautiful tribute to your grandfather, and what a wonderful post this is. Thanks Cathy, for sharing.

  4. scrapydo says:

    I can see and feel that your grandfather still means a lot to you. Beautiful tribute.

  5. cobbies69 says:

    Lovely post and memories to go. Precious. 😉

    • Cathy G says:

      Hi Gerry. Yes, my grandfather was precious to me. Thanks,

      • cobbies69 says:

        My grandparents died when I was five, so not much of memory, but do have a few pictures and did a little history check to boot. All helps for me. But would rather have all the memories etc that you have. Thank you. 😉

      • Cathy G says:

        Thanks, Gerry. I was fortunate to have known all four of my grandparents. I’m really glad that I now have a chance to share stories about them in this way. 🙂

  6. You have a beautiful, heart warming post about your grandfather, a loving , generous man who inspired you and those around him. You honored him with tenderness and great love. Inspiring in so many way. A perfect story for father’s day. To honor the men in our family who taught us hope, happiness, generosity and more. Thanks.

    • Cathy G says:

      Hello island traveler! Thank-you for a wonderful comment. I also look forward to the challenge at teh link that you posted.

      To all who are reading this comment…please take a look at the link posted by island traveler! He is starting something new that you are likely to enjoy! 🙂

  7. gingerbreadcafe says:

    A lovely story, I love reading what you share with us beautifully written too.

  8. Sweet memories photos 😛 Thank you so much for stopping in my blog @Cathy, my regards

  9. Iñigo says:

    Such a great way to honor your grandfather! I lost my grandfather (father side) last year. When we greeted him “happy fathers day” last year, we didn’t realize that it was going to be the last. I hope to be able to write something ike this on his first death anniversary this August. Thank you for the inspiration.

    • Cathy G says:

      Hello iñigo. What a beautiful comment! I am touched. Writing something about your grandfather is a wonderful way to express how much he meant to you and how much you love him. I will look forward to reading your post. Thanks so much.

  10. This is a beautiful post about beautiful people in your life. I’m glad to have had an opportunity to read it, visiting it by way of Virginia Views.

  11. Sheryl says:

    What a beautiful tribute! Your grandfather sounds like he was a wonderful person.

  12. ljhlaura says:

    What special memories of your grandfather … and a sweet and wonderful way to honor him …

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