To our family’s surprise, many years ago, my grandfather declared he did not want to meet any great-grandchildren. It was obvious that the idea of meeting them and not seeing them grow up was painful to him. He did not have a choice. The first great-granddaughter came in 2003, and he was head over heels in love. He went on to meet 5 more great-grandchildren, including my two daughters. He was not lucid enough to understand the circumstances of Daphne’s birth, and for that I was grateful.
Caiobá, last days of 2010
My children will have no memories of him. But I have more than enough to share. He would have been 91 today.