Thursday, April 24, 2014

A to Z '14 - Unafraid

For this year's A to Z Challenge, I am honoring my grandfather who passed away on April 3, 2013.

U is for Unafraid.

My grandfather was unafraid. Never once did I ever see him exhibit fear. When my mother was 16, they had an electrical fire in the house. When my grandparents got to the house, my grandfather ran in (while the house was burning) and saved the family parrot. The firefighters told him he couldn't go in, but he did anyway.

That was him: brave, determined, and always thinking of others (seriously. How many people do you know who would risk their lives to save someone else?).

He came from nothing. A childhood in poverty, he had to be determined just to survive. He started working as a teen in order to support himself and his family. With no degree, not even a high school diploma, he could not be afraid if he wanted to get anywhere in life.

He turned down no jobs, no opportunities. Even if he was afraid because it might be something new, foreign or awkward to him, he still did what was needed. He never let fear hold him back. He never said, "I am afraid."

He was bold, and he ended up making a name for himself in the process.

He taught me the meaning of courage and determination.

Thanks to him, I face life boldly.

U is for Unafraid.


Liz A. said...

What a lovely story. Good for him!

Liz A. from Laws of Gravity

L. E. Harvey said...

Thank you so much, Liz! And thanks for stopping by! :)