"If they don't like it tell'em not to look"

Yesterday was my grandfathers birthday, he would have been 89 years old. He always had this way of speaking that made you laugh and understand things all at the same time. And God was he loud. When I was little I swore his voice was as powerful as the thunder, because sometimes you could feel it in your chest when he spoke. Of all the wisdom he passed on, and every day I use a little bit of it in one way or another, the piece that has been sticking with me the most lately is this one,

"If they don't like it, tell'em not to look"

Could truer words ever have been spoken? And even though I heard that sentence at least a thousand times before he passed, it's just in the last few months that I really embraced it. I'm going to dance to the beat of my own drum, and I'm going to walk on my own path, and if someone doesn't like it, well they just don't have to watch me. That's okay, because I like my song, and I know that my grandfather will be dancing with down whatever road I choose. I always worried about making making him proud of me, but now I know, as long as I am true to myself he will smile down on me. 

In loving memory of an amazing man, my Bebop . 

In loving memory of an amazing man, my Bebop

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