Frankie's letter from his family

July 23, 2014

Frankie received a letter from home to inform him about the passing of his grandfather. He read the letter to everyone but Caleb while the feeds were down. He later read it aloud to Caleb while the feeds were on. The letter read as follows:

My dearest Frankie,

We love and miss you so much. I am sitting here with Nonna, Ari and your cousin, and are so sad to tell you that Grandpa lost his battle with cancer. Although it is so difficult, we thought it would be the right thing to tell you. We love you so much and want you to know that Grandpa specifically, a few days ago, said that if anything were to happen, he wanted you to know how proud he is of you and that he is rooting for you to win.

Even though he had no idea what was going on on the show, he was watching just for you. Live feeds and all. He also insisted that whatever happened, he didn’t want to interfere with this opportunity for you. All of us are here strongly supporting you and encouraging you to stay in the game and work hard like Grandpa did his whole life, and as Grandpa wanted you to. He said so himself.

Please don’t think about coming home. Think of how much Grandpa wanted you to stay. He is watching you from heaven, and I’m sure that is better than any live feed we have got. Be strong, as he would be, and smile as he deserves to be celebrated. Take your time, take deep breaths. We love you endlessly and are staying strong over here. We are waiting for you to have a celebration of his life when we are together in person at the end of September. We love you so much and want to hug you.

I love you,


P.S. The four of us just spent 40 minutes fighting over whether or not to tell you that we want to hug you, cause we don’t want to tempt you to come home. Stay. Be strong.

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