When this granddaughter leaves, her grandfather follows her in the car to say good-by. Here’s the backstory to their sweet tradition.
The ‘goodbye runs’ of an 89-year-old grandfather have become a treasured family tradition. Eska Miller has spent his entire life running to say goodbye to his granddaughter Haley Gomez.
And now, the sweet gesture is sweeping the internet, making everyone cry!
The Reason Grandpa Runs After Car to Say Goodbye
The custom began when she was a baby and he was more agile. Haley would be loaded into the car by her parents. While they made sure she was snug as a bug and safely secured in her car seat, Eska began to jog ahead a few feet.
As her parents drove away from the house and onto the road, Haley’s grandfather would run after them, waving, smiling, and saying simply, but profoundly, “Goodbye, see you next time, I love you.”
Now that Haley is older and well into her adolescence, she realizes her grandfather’s goodbye runs after the car are a special tradition unlike any other. He started something unique that became a way for him to say, “I love you.” This sweet girl realized how special her grandfather is and began filming these special moments.
A Cherished Family Tradition
Eska’s first goodbye is heartfelt, as he shuffles his feet into a run before slowing down to smile and wave. It’s late in the evening the next time Grandpa chases the car. It’s pitch black outside, and the world is illuminated by car headlights and porch lights. However, Eska appears to have carved a groove in the sidewalk because the darkness does not deter him from running to say goodbye.
Haley then combined all of these brief goodbyes with a message of wisdom far beyond her years. “He has done this my entire life,” she wrote. “This is the stuff that memories are made of.” “Hopefully, I’ll be able to do it with my grandchildren one day,” she added.
Wow! Yes, Haley, we all hope you get to carry on this tradition with your grandchildren and tell them about their great-great-grandfather. How powerful is grandparental love?