Golden had many pleasant recollections of spending summer vacations on Grandpa Gordon’s farm. She’d helped with chores, feeding the cows, collecting the eggs, working in the garden, mowing the grass, and digging vegetables from the garden. She missed her grandpa very much. Her dad had died when she was only five years old, so Grandpa Gordon had played an important role in her life. Many bittersweet memories came flooding back just from looking at his picture.
“Grandpa Gordon, how can I live without you?” Golden whispered out loud.
Excerpt from Dagger of Urachadh: Attack from the Underworld, p. 9-10.
I personally believe that there are only one or two people you will meet in your lifetime that will make a profound difference in your life. Once such person in my life was my uncle Gordon Mosier. The character Grandpa Gordon in my book is based on his life.
Uncle Gordon came into my life during a period of great upheaval and change. I got reacquainted with him as an adult during this time of personal crisis. Although he didn’t have a formal education or a degree from a university like Grandpa Gordon in my book, he had years of wisdom and experience in how to navigate the world and to make the best with what you have.
He gave me many words of wisdom that I have used over the years including “If today isn’t exactly how you like it, you can always work on making tomorrow a little bit better” and “Life is what you make it”.
He died on December 4, 2015. He was like a father to me. I still miss him, but I am so grateful that God brought him into my life when I needed him the most.
Karen E. Mosier