Not. Able. For. This.
For anyone out there who had a grandparent that they loved pass away, there is perhaps a niggling want to say stuff to them that you never got the chance to.
Or maybe you just miss having regular catch-ups with them, they were the people that you dished out your daily life with, and you’d really enjoy having another conversation about nothing and/or everything.
As a parent, it can be heartbreaking to have lost your own mum or dad, knowing your own children are missing out on time with a grandparent, which is part of what makes this story so adorable.
James O’Brien, who hosts a podcast with our sister site JOE.co.uk, gave his young daughter an old phone of his, having downloaded a few games on to it for her to play with, but disabling the internet connection on it.
Over the weekend, he happened upon the phone again, and noticed that his young daughter had been texting her granddad, his dad, on regular intervals, despite the fact that he had passed away five years earlier.
My youngest has had my old phone for a couple of years. Just for games, which I download for her before disconnecting the internet. Still has my old contacts though & it turns out she’s been messaging my dad, who died 5 years ago. I may have something in my eye. pic.twitter.com/RZ5ZTgGbnk
— James O'Brien (@mrjamesob) February 17, 2018
He went on to share the heartwarming and heartbreaking messages to the folks on Twitter, to which people clearly got very emotional about, but also allowed them to open up about their own ways of coping with loss.
‘Your present was your love’ – what a beautiful and touching thing to think. And write. ❤️
— Broken Columns (@pipsandjohn) February 17, 2018
And the ‘not delivered’ has finished me right off James ?
— Dan Ryan (@_DanielRyan) February 17, 2018
I'm sure that wherever he is, he is seeing those messages and having a big beaming smile.
Sometimes when life is getting me down, I have a little talk with my grandmother who died 17 years ago.
I don't know if she is there or can hear me. But it cannot hurt to hope so.
— Thomas Evans (@ThomasEvansGB) February 17, 2018
That’s lovely. When my mum died about 5 years ago my 4 year old made me a phone out of Lego so that I could still call her.
— Courage, mon brave (@CoffeeandCave) February 17, 2018
That’s what happens when kids are brought up with love. My grandson asked me to buy a helium ballon, he tied the string to a tea bag and let it go to heaven so grandma could have a brew!
— Kevin Dove (@kdoveuk) February 17, 2018
I rang my dad’s old mobile for a few months after he died just so I could hear his voicemail message asking me to leave a message. I never did but it was a comfort to hear him.
— Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamilton_1) February 17, 2018
My close friend died a year and a half ago and I’ve messaged her a couple of times since she passed. It’s nice to still feel that connection
— Jennie (@jenkinsey_) February 17, 2018