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November 18, 2009


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Alicia. Your stories are lovely AND they break my heart. Are you ok? I didn't realize Graddaddy wasn't well.

Alicia l'Américaine

Hi Sukhjit,

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to read them!

My grandfather passed away this morning, my parents woke me up around 3 AM with the news. :( I stayed by his side for 5 days, I'm back in San Francisco now, but my grandmother was there with him when it happened, reciting poetry and holding his hand.

I'll head back this weekend for the memorial service and stay for Thanksgiving week.

I'm grieving, as I loved my grandfather so, so deeply - but I thank my lucky stars to have loved and known him for so long. He laughed and smiled right up to the end of his 92 some years, and that's a pretty amazing thing.



Jared McFarland

Hey Alicia,

It's obvious from your posts about your grandfather that he was an extraordinary individual. My thoughts are with you and your family. If there's anything I can help with, just let me know. In the meantime, take comfort in knowing he was a happy and brave enough man to smile to the end.

- Jared

Alicia l'Américaine

Hey Jared,

Thank you so much for your kind words.. notes such as yours are what's helping to get me through this week.

Keep smiling, laughing... never take yourself too seriously. :) That's what my grandfather did, and if there's anything people can do for me, it's to live up to that ideal.

With love,


Gino Fusco

Moi Je reflechi sur tes mots (comme un miroir?); sur mon granpère, sur ses livres, son violon,ses regards, ses pensées, son cahier... Je revois sa façon de manger, de marcher, de saluer les gens.Ton "granfather" revit dans toi, je crois. Et je me sens de dire que je suis à côté de toi.Gino


Just a couple of words as it looks my prior comment has never been published...

It reminds me when I first met him a couple of years ago. You had told me about this joke and indeed he said it to me once... and twice and I guess each time I saw him!!! but it was so charming, being sure that it was said in a way to make me feel confortable in front of him... He was a great man in the mean that as successfull and renowed he was, he has always been easy to talk with, making fun of you and himself too. Indeed a great man for me is someone that he is able to talk to anyone just like an equal, whatever his high position is/was. Few people are capable of such qualities that make my deep respect (not to say more) to them, he was one of them, and I am just glad for the moments I shared with him and to have known him.

Alicia l'Américaine

@Gino Merci pour tes mots... effectivement, les grandpères continuent à vivre dans les coeurs de ceux qui les ont aimés...

@Guillaume Thank you so much for commenting love. It makes me smile to think back on those days... and how that joke would make us laugh so hard, just because we knew it was coming! He was so fond of you... I think because he saw exactly those same qualities of kindness and respect reflected in your words and actions.

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