In the loving memory of my Grandfather
They can be the funniest person on the planet. They can bring so much joy and bliss in your life. They can also bring grief and sorrow into your life. Through experience, and as many of you would, too, I know for a fact that is and always will be special and means the world to you touches your heart and soul, I guarantee you, you will never be the same again. There are many people who are special to me, but that one person who was a true blessing in everyone’s lives was my grandfather - Khurshid Ahmed Sheikh.
Before moving to Texas I spent my entire childhood in the Middle East. The good thing being over-seas is every year we visit the UK to see my grand parents and cousins and they all treat us like royalty and all the attention we get from them. I do miss my grandfather immensely, I say this because in the summer of 1995 something very sad happened to him, and this was the time I had seen my Grandfather walk for the last time. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with Aortic Aneurysm and had to undergo a major heart operation which unblocked the blood clot in the main artery. Unfortunately the operation was unsuccessful. Due to a rare blood condition he could not receive enough oxygen in some vital organs and as a result became paraplegic. This was a heart-rending and touching time for my grandfather and my family. From that day on wards, his whole life changed from being independent to wheelchair bound. I know the saddest part for me was when the doctor told us “sorry Mr. Sheikh will never be able to walk again”. For many days after the operation he was heavily sedated so when we visited him at the hospital there wasn’t much communication between us. Eventually the inevitable news was known to him and he felt helpless and distraught.
My Grandfather I had a very special bond with my grandfather, who very sadly passed away in April 2004. Even though it’s been over three years there are some things I do not...