My Grandfather's Funeral

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The story of how my grandparents, Paul and Linda Richardson first met, is definitely a unique one. My Grandfather’s childhood was not the ideal family at all, he wished to be on his own after high school. Linda, on the other hand, had a “perfect” family life, her dad was the “love of her life”, and meant the world to her. Paul and Linda obviously had two extremely diverse families that did not mix well. Paul’s mother had much hatred towards Linda for no reason at all. From the time they met to this day, his side of the family still gives some troubles to their relationship but they have learned to let it be causing no issues. As Paul said to Linda, “He has always wished for a family like hers.”
Shortly after Paul graduated from high school
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The wedding day was very hectic, Linda was a nervous wreck and anxious to get it over with. She wore a blue suit with a little white hat on and Paul wore a silver suit at their reception in her parents’ backyard. On October second, the couple enjoyed their honeymoon at the Carousal inn across from Disneyland, after a lovely breakfast, they then flew to Whidbey Island Washington. They lived there for two months before he had to leave for San Francisco to catch a plane to Guam for two years, while Linda went back home to her mom and dad. When he got to San Francisco, they said his orders had changed due to the fact that he had gotten married, a status change. In effect, the military gave him new orders to go to a school in San Diego for two months and Linda went along for the ride. After two months were completed at the school, Paul left to fly to the Philippines to catch the ship, “Bon Homme Richard”, squadron VF191 for the path to Vietnam, while Linda went back to her parents once again. During the time that he was overseas working on F8 Crusaders, Linda was expecting her first child, Michael, who was born a year later on October 15th of 1964. Paul came home for only five or six months when Linda became pregnant with her second child Rick, shortly after he had been deployed again. Rick was a month old before Paul was able to see him. Paul got out of the navy in 1966 and moved into an apartment in …show more content…
They were pleased with the pay as it was much better than the service. They had two little boys and were doing well when Linda became pregnant with my mother who was born in 1969. They had moved to Arkansas in 1971 because Rick was allergic to the smoggy air in California, and Tony was born the next day. The family struggled for about ten years, housing was cheaper, wages were lower, food and taxes were the same prices as it was in California. Paul worked two jobs so the family could have a car and food on the table while Linda stayed at home to take care of her four children.
My Grandparents hope for their children and grandchildren to be successful, serve the lord and love each other immensely. Linda says, “you have no control of your life and the world is not meant for you. You are here to love and help others.” Paul and Linda have been married for a total of fifty-three years as of last Saturday and have never given up on each one

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