Another great thing about Pop was how selfless he was, and the lengths he would go to in order to make his great-grands feel loved. His birthday was three days before mine, and every year up until his death, the entire family would turn out for a massive birthday party at his house, which my parents owned, as well as the house next door. They still own that property, and rent it out. Anyway, he would make me feel as if the entire family were there to celebrate my birthday in addition to his. It made me feel special, and looking back, I realize how special he was himself. I still love him and will never forget him.
Speaking of birthdays, mine is the day after tomorrow. I don't think I've mentioned it here, but next month's Dragon Con in Atlanta is both my sister's and my birthday present. We got the tickets to the con back in February (her birthday is 2/18), and for mine, my dad bought additional DC event tickets: writing workshops with Michael Stackpole and Timothy Zahn, and the special Night at the Georgia Aquarium. I'm not going as a guest or vendor. This is our first time, and I want to have as much fun as possible. Don't get me wrong... I had fun at the Akron Comic Con I went to in 2012 as a writer, but I just think I'd have more fun if I were there for recreation rather than work. (Writing itself doesn't feel like work for me, but selling books does. Blah.) Maybe next year.