Christmas Vacation, Part 2

I’ve had an enjoyable time sharing the highlights of our Christmas vacation with the many visitors and callers I’ve since we returned. As I mentioned, I’m posting the additional letters from my grandchildren. Here are the letters from my grandsons Ben and Will.

The following is from my grandson Ben

Dear Grandpa,

Some of the fondest memories of my childhood not only include you but were made possible by you. Those memories were of Camp Brosius. It was the one week of the year that it was just us for, what always turned out to be far too short of a week. This is where I learned to sail, canoe, build bonfires, and have some fun trying to stay on the water tube as you tried to toss me. Those are some of the fondest memories of my childhood. Camp also taught me a lot of valuable lessons growing up. It was you that taught me to be independent and to try new things. If it wasn’t for you I would have never learned to sail a boat. Know that you are and have been one of the most influential adult figures in my life. You have played an integral part in making me the man that I am today. It now brings me greater joy to see you as a great-grandfather to Jenna. It comforts me to know that you have been able to influence her life as well because it will certainly influence her to be a better person.

Your loving grandson

The following is from my grandson Will

Dear Grandpa Jeff,

I can’t express in words how much influence getting to go to Camp Brosius with you and the rest of the gang had on me when I was growing up. I always looked forward to it with excitement each summer. I feel as though it is where I discovered my strong appreciation for the peaceful absolute solitude nature can offer. The way that lake could seem so calm in the early morning made it seem as if time had stopped for a moment of pure serenity. To this day when I feel the pressures of the world weighing on my soul I go to my place of serenity, the absolutely still lake. I will always have that place of tranquility for the rest of my life. There are no words to express how much that comforts me. I love you and know for a certainty that there is a place in my heart where I can always feel your presence.

Forever with love,

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