* I am linking up this photo to the Gallery at Sticky Fingers again today (10.9.12) because when the theme Yellow was announced, this was the photo that sprung to mind. GG and Bug’s grandad, never one to let fashion sense get in the way of an angle, in his full-on outfit for his and my Mum’s Golden Wedding anniversary. My Mum is in hospital 120 miles away this week, so I hope that seeing this again will cheer her up…

This happened before I was born. My Grandma and Grandad’s Golden wedding anniversary. I knew my Grandad, but my memories of him are few. He died when I was 4. In this picture he had already been “living with cancer” for 5 years. He carried on living with it for another 5.

By all accounts I would have loved this event. My Grandad was pretty healthy really, for a man with cancer. Not that he saw it that way. Any chance for a grumble and an ominous-sounding ‘this’ll be my last Christmas’ and he was after it like a fox on rabbit duty! But you wouldn’t know it to look at him here, would you? In his element, the longed-for marquee in his retirement garden (Mummy wouldn’t go for it for her wedding venue!), all his friends, and his yellow (golden) outfit!

We remember him now for his fondness for showering us with sweets and inappropriate cake, and we send him a chocolate on a helium balloon every year on his birthday. But this photo stands in our living room, and Mummy remembers him differently – happy, a superb host, full of it! He is part of our family story in so many different ways.

This post is written for The Photo Gallery at Sticky Fingers.

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