My grandpa was a wonderful man. He was an engineer and had a great curiosity about the world around him. His parents helped many families emigrate from Italy to the town in Connecticut where they chose to settle, open a store, and raise their children. My grandpa loved maps, and words, and it is through him that I developed a love of word games and puzzles.
When he died in 2000, I kept a rose from one of the lovely funeral arrangements. It is a treasured keepsake.