Jake’s Moving and Storage: The Story of My Grandparents

My grandad, ever the adventurer, chose the Ellis Island route when he journeyed to this country. He was once a child, raised by the strictest of parents. You could see it all in the pictures. Smiling, you thought, was beyond him when you viewed the photographs. His upbringing nonetheless made him a good person, one could depend on.

Sam was then discharged from the Navy after falling ill to pneumonia. When a disease becomes so drastic that a portion of one’s lung has to be removed, you definitely can’t help but be concerned. It worked well enough for him because he was able to adjust to his new life not long after it happened. He was determined to make a life for himself despite the challenges of growing older.

In his journey, he met a beautiful and very smart lady in the form of my grandmother. It was amazing how it only took a glance from him to know she was the one he wanted to be spending the rest of his life with. He immediately told his buddy that she was going to be his.

This is truly an amazing story that touched our hearts in more ways than one. On the foot of our grandad’s bed was where were told of this amazing story. Pneumonia was at it again and this time we kind of knew it would be worse.

We were sad, yes, but such is the way of the world which we’ve come to accept. We knew in our hearts that my grandfather was heading to a happier place – a place without pain and suffering.

Almost a decade before – nine years to be exact – my grandmother had passed. The place where they used to live, High Point Furniture Market, had become our home. As salesmen made use of our homes as rentals, we were living our lives in our grandparent’s house. My mother’s old bedroom was where I prepared for prom night. A heart attack then took my mother’s life a couple of months later. To our utter sadness, we buried her on Mother’s Day.

You would find no one more devout to the Catholic church than my grandfather. However, despite that he and my grandmother decided to become Methodists after they married. The family heritage lives to this in me and my babies.

My grandparents then started searching for a place to live. Jake’s Moving & Storage didn’t exist back then so they had to make do of what they had. Logistical decisions were made on their own. The process of moving is a great way for you to know who you are and who your partner is. After much searching, they finally settled in my grandmother’s home.