Meet my grandfather, Poppy. He was brilliant and handsome and talented, and all those other things that granddaughters should think of their grandfathers. Poppy lived next door when I was a child. When he was home, he was baking the most amazing hard rolls I will ever eat. When he wasn’t home, he was on the golf course. He took photographs that still awe me. I remember this smile like I saw it yesterday, and it’s not the kind of memory you get from a photograph, it’s a reach-out-and-feel-his-paper-thin-skin kind of memory. It’s a hear-his-hooting-laugh-and-relish-in-his-blue-blue-eyes kind of way.
But here’s what else I remember about my Poppy. He quit smoking when I was very young for the sake of his health and his family’s heath. He always wore a hat and sunscreen on the golf course or at the beach. He never ate more than he was hungry for. Poppy was healthy. And he was happy. Maybe I should say because he was healthy, he was happy.
I’ve been thinking about Poppy lately (and not just because I would LOVE one of his hard rolls right now), but because he was such an example of this James Leigh Hunt quote, “The groundwork of all happiness is health.” He laid that groundwork and lived a long, amazing, and beautiful life. He lived until he was 90, and I can only hope live that long, to have such a healthy body, and to set such an example of both health and happiness for my own children.
So tell me, who inspires you to be healthy? And what healthy changes have you made because of them?