Memorial Day is a time to recognize the courageous men and women who made sacrifices for the love of their country. Today we are honored to share with you the wisdom of a remarkable man.
I truly believe there is a reason God places certain people on this Earth for close to an entire century, and that is teach the rest of us a little something about life. Pap Pap, as we called him, otherwise known as John Grieco, was my grandfather on my dad’s side. He recently entered the gates of heaven to be reunited at last with many friends and family members. Pap influenced everyone he met. And when I say everyone, I truly mean EVERYONE! As I reflect back on his well-lived years, I wanted to share a few lessons that this influencer has taught us all:
- Take care of your family
Pap was the oldest of 8 siblings, and boy did he take responsibility in taking care of his sisters and brothers. He continuously put everyone’s needs before his own and did it with a genuinely gracious heart, expecting nothing in return.
- Everything in moderation
“I never overdo it,” Poppy would often say. This applied to every area of his life, from health to work-life balance, even dealing with money—this soldier held the golden secret to longevity.
- Do it right the first time
Pap was mindful in all that he did. Everything he touched was pristine and precise, NEVER sloppy. He would put forth the time and energy to make sure things were done the right way the first time around.
- Never complain
I honestly cannot think of one time in my entire 9 years living with Pap that I heard him complain. He was a never a victim of his circumstances. Rather he took things for what they were and positively carried on. I mean the fella never even admitted when he was sick, even when we all knew he was under the weather.
- Be disciplined
It didn’t matter if it was Saturday night or Monday morning, Pap stuck to his routine. He went to bed at the right time, woke up at the same time, dressed to impress, ate right, listened to his body, stayed active, and the list goes on…
- Make friends with everyone
Pap approached each and every person with a warm welcoming smile. He always took the time to get to know people for who they were. From strangers to neighbors, everyone knew Mr. Pittsburgh himself!
- Never give up
I truly believe, even in Pap’s last days, the thought to give up never crossed his mind. Pap’s incredibly strong will was prevalent throughout his entire life. There was a reason we nicknamed him “Tough Guy” 🙂
Pap left us with a legacy to not only share, but to also live out in our own lives. Not many people can say they taught themselves the English language (Italian was his first language), survived the Great Depression, served in WWII, lived to be 98, and most importantly, smiled each and every day. On that note, let’s walk the walk and keep the zest alive, just as Pap did! In honor of our dear Pap Pap and all of the soldiers who so bravely served our country – we wish you a Happy Memorial Day.
Uncover your zest!