A recent post shared to the Love What Matters Facebook page has us crying. Big time.
A couple weeks ago, 96-year-old Jim Gish was in the hospital. His granddaughter Lindsay Marcy wrote that he was suffering from episodes of confusion, partly due to his “mild dementia” and the pain medication he was taking. So, when Gish asked his granddaughter if “they” had given him permission to play, she wasn’t quite sure what he meant.
The two went back and forth a few times before Marcy was able to understand what her 96-year-old grandfather was asking.
“He said, (in a somewhat annoyed tone) ‘Lindsay, I want to play ball with the boys,'” Marcy wrote.
Marcy smiled and told him that of course he would be able to play with her two sons. A week later, Gish passed away.
Marcy’s two sons wanted to honor their great-grandfather.
The post Marcy shared on Facebook read,
My grandfather was in the hospital last week and while admitted he was having intermittent episodes of confusion. Some of it was related to his mild dementia and some of it was the pain medicine.
At one point, he asked, ‘Have they given me the go ahead to play?’
I said, ‘The go ahead to play?’
He said, ‘Yes, did the doctor give me my permit to play?’
I said, ‘Play what??’ He said, (in a somewhat annoyed tone) ‘Lindsay, I want to play ball with the boys.’
He was referring to my two sons. They are 11 and 8. Choking back tears, I just smiled and said, ‘Of course you can play.’ Now, here we are exactly one week later. My grandfather was cremated this morning at 10am. All on their own my sweet boys decided to put this in the casket with him…
It says ‘Come play anytime. Love, Chase and Trav.’
According to HuffPost, Gish loved watching his great-grandsons play baseball. Even when Gish’s wife was diagnosed with cancer, the two still attended every one of Marcy’s sons’ games.
“During his [Marcy’s oldest son] first year of baseball my grandparents won an award for the most dedicated fans,” she told HuffPost.
The boys placed a baseball in their great-grandfather’s casket.
Marcy shared that it was entirely her boys’ decision to sign the baseball and place it in their great-grandfather’s casket, and their action shows the kind of young men they will become one day.
“After such a significant loss, it was a breath of fresh air to see them wanting to honor him in such a thoughtful way,” Marcy said. “I am overwhelmingly proud of the sweet gentlemen my sons are becoming.”