I just spoke in person to Mom on Skype (the internet) and she told me that you were in the hospital. She said that you were in pretty bad shape and if I wanted you to hear from me one last time I should write you a letter immediately.
I was hoping your ticker would keep going until I returned home but Mom says you’ve been diagnosed with acute congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy. So I wanted you to know how very much I love you. I will take these cherished memories of you and Grandma – may God rest her soul – with me for the rest of my life. You taught me how to drive a stick shift, you took me hunting and fishing … heck, I even drank my first beer with you! You and Grandma basically raised me and you instilled in me the values that made me into the man I am today. I want you to know that I am very proud of you and I want the entire world to know what a truly wonderful person you are.
This note is too short, I know, but the mail leaves for the States within the hour and I want to make sure that this letter gets to you ASAP. Don’t worry about me; I’m far away from the fighting here at the supply depot in Baghdad and I work behind a secure perimeter. Thank you for being my grandfather and I wish you a peaceful and tranquil passage to God’s glorious kingdom where one day we will all meet again in eternity.
With all of my love and respect,