A different kind of daddy’s girl

A different kind of daddy’s girl

My grandfather is The Man.

And although I never need reminding of that, I had a particular opportunity to appreciate Bill Scroggins, aka Popaw, this past weekend.

It is a rare and special man who, while hospitalized for a kidney ailment, can still make jokes, share his wisdom, laugh at all my dumb stories and describe his four days of medical captivity as “a blur of hedonistic joy.”

Popaw and I

Of course, it is also a rare and special man who loves his granddaughter as he does his own children — who helps rear her as a father and reserves a sacred place for her in his heart.

Meant to be

I was, you might say, rather a surprise when I arrived on the scene in 1976. Some would use the word “accident;” others would call me “an unexpected gift.”

To me, however, the gift is my grandfather, who has given me a daddy’s love for almost 34 years, never allowing me to want for the father I did not know. In being my “dad,” I like to think my grandpa has led me to the Father. For how else would such a beautiful relationship be envisioned and brought to be, but through the love of God?

My grandfather is the man to whom I compare all others: brilliant, funny, clever, caring. He played Matchbox cars with me and taught me to love UK basketball. He made me tuna salad sandwiches – as only he can – and walked me down the aisle at my wedding.

My wedding day

Saying ‘thank you’

Although I certainly don’t relish a long weekend of, ahem, “hedonistic joy” in the hospital, I do savor the opportunity to pepper doctors with questions, ensure my grandfather’s comfort and safety and return to him some of the caretaking he has given to me for more than 30 years.

Now that he is back home and snuggled into his recliner, I embrace this chance to tell the world how much I love my grandpa. And how much I thank God for sharing him with me.

 
 

About the Author

Jennifer Scroggins joined Franciscan Media in July 2010 as division director of content creation and services. A northern Kentucky native, Jennifer is passionate about travel, sports, cooking, fitness, music and the Catholic faith. She is a member of St. Paul parish in Florence, Ky.
 
 
 
  • http://www.americancatholic.org Ericka

    What a sweet post, Jennifer. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  • sharonl

    Very touching, Jennifer! I hope and pray he is doing well!

  • http://www.americancatholic.org SLDigman

    Ahh–how good is that! Yes, the circle of life is a grand thing and now you get to return to him that same kind of love he so gingerly showed you. LOVE the pic!