Deboro's sweet grandpa passed away last week. He was D's father figure for most of his life. One of his fondest memories is when his grandpa made a kite for him out of chopsticks and newspapers. He would also make him laugh with his jokes, nicknames for everyone and his dancing.
I remember the first time I met his grandpa, D had taken me home to meet his family and his grandpa greeted me with a giant smile, held up one finger and said, "You're number one!" And from that day forward that was the nickname that he gave me. Knowing very little English, he always knew just what to say. D's brother-in-law commented at the funeral that San would always make sure to say, "Hello, Goodbye, and I'll see you soon" to everyone who came through the door. We will see him again soon and when we do, I hope he is holding up his finger in the air and still calling me "number one."