To the Ghosts of Christmas Past

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About Whit Honea

Whit Honea is the editor of the Dads & Families section on The Good Men Project. His book, "The Parents' Phrase Book" is now available from Adams Media. He currently resides in the greater Los Angeles area with his wonderful wife, two amazing sons, and a couple of silly dogs. His personal blog is called Honea Express, because Honea sounds like pony, which is actually quite clever when you think about it.


  1. Great article, Whit. I wish my own sons had been able to meet their great grandfather, but I’m eternally grateful that my grandmother survived long enough to meet and hold them both.

    Your comment on how there seemed to be an understanding between them that you were part of hit the nail on the head. The first time we took my eldest to visit (other than when he was an infant) It amazed me that my normally shy son immediately walked over to my grandmother, grabbed her hand, and walked with her into the kitchen. It was like he had known her his entire life, already. I remember being that little boy and implicitly trusting her, as well.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    • I appreciate the kind words, Sean.

      I think there is a wisdom that comes with being on either side of this crazy ride, and we tend to lose it for a bit in the middle. I’m glad I’m not the only one that has noticed it.

      Merry Christmas, indeed!

  2. sabsam789 says:

    very moving piece of writing.
    i lost my granddad almost 1,5 year ago, so i rely on this.
    my grandmother kissing the picture of my granddad every evening before going to bed, and talks to him, once the door of her bedroom is closed.
    so moving and well written, thank you.

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