From the sand, the sea doesn't look so terrifying.
But take away the comfort of your feet firmly on dry land,
then it is a different story.
How is it that the sea can look so tranquil and alluring, but
underneath it's really a hungry animal ready to devour you,
That was just what Granddad's cancer was doing.
You'd look at him so content and placid, like a rock that
cannot be moved, but underneath, just like the sea, a monster
was waiting for him, slowly destroying him and breaking him
until he would have nothing left to fight with.
As the tide washes over my feet, it takes me back to a time
where there was no brutal torment, before I knew what it was
like for my heart to break.
Granddad wasn't your typical grandparent.
A simple look or smile could tell you a thousand secrets all
Words were not needed. This was Granddad's and my little
We could craft our own conversations through faces.
I always knew the face for our sly biscuit feasts.
Granddad was forever slipping me treats - he'd disappear and
you would hear the distant rattle of a tin or packet of
biscuits being opened, and moments later he would appear in
the doorway and give me a single wink.
This would be my cue.
I'd discreetly make my way to the door like a lion stalking
its next meal, where Granddad would have already laid out the
tin full of biscuits and the lolly jar, open.
My pockets would swiftly be filled until they were ready to
burst and I would consume as many biscuits as my mouth could
Of course they would always be biscuits with chocolate in or
around the outside - Granddad's and my favourite.
We both seemed to have a sweet tooth that leads us to these
Granddad was always up for a joke, mainly because he was
always playing jokes on us.
I think that is why I decided to get him back one Christmas.
All of us kids had been down at the pond and had caught a
It was while this fish was swimming around inside of the ice
cream container that the idea came to me.
So when pudding came out, so did my container holding my
I could barely contain myself. The antagonising wait made me
feel like time had stopped, just to torture me.
But as Granddad reached for the container, my heart lurched
The fish must have been in on the joke too, because as
Granddad opened the container, it sprang forward, like a jack
in the box finally being released after being wound up.
Granddad got the fright of his life and dropped the
The effect was as though a tsunami had hit the table and
water was everywhere.
The poor fish was even mixed up in the pudding.
To this day, trifle has never looked the same. Nor has
Granddad, because that was the last time I saw him.
The sea is a very captivating place.
You can walk for miles over rocks and never realise, because
one spot is never the same as the other.
Behind every corner there are malicious tentacles that can
work their way into every nook and cranny, just waiting for
you to make one false move.
If I knew I would never see him or hear his voice again, I
would never have let him go.
I would trade in a thousand days, just for one last moment to
tell him how much he meant to me.
Granddad will forever be in my heart, because there will
simply be no-one else like him.
Every now and then, I think of him and wonder if he will miss
seeing me grow up?
He will miss every little milestone I make, but maybe somehow
in his own little way, he will be watching.
Nothing lasts forever - even the sea can work its way through
the strongest rock.
• Kaitlyn Roughan, Year 12, The Catlins Area School