Jenna Bush Hager took to Instagram on Friday, June 12 to share a heartfelt message for her late grandfather, former United States President George H.W. Bush. Today would have been his 96th birthday. He passed away on November 30, 2018.
Throughout her caption, Hager wrote a message to her grandfather, whom she called Gampy, and told him just how much she missed him. She and her sister, Barbara, had been very close to him, as were Hager’s two young daughters — Mila and Poppy. He unfortunately passed away before he had a chance to meet Hager’s youngest child, a son named Hal who was born on August 2, 2019. Nevertheless, Hager said she sees traits in all of her children that she is certain come from him.
“Dear Gampy, Today would have been your 96th birthday. I miss you every day—and see your gentleness and compassion in Mila, Poppy and Hal. I love you more than tongue can tell. In honor of my Gampy, I’m co-chairing The George H.W. Points of Light Awards this year. I’m so grateful to join with @PointsofLight to celebrate individuals who are committed to changing the world.”
Points of Light is a non-profit organization which was created to help solve serious social issues through service for others.
“A global culture of volunteerism requires the collective effort of nonprofits, corporations and individual changemakers. We serve each of these groups, providing the insights, best practices, resources and connections needed to maximize their impact on the communities they serve,” the organization says of their mission on their official website.
Along with her heartfelt message to her grandfather, Hager also included two photos from her childhood of her and her sister alongside the former president. In the first photo, H.W. Bush sat on a bench wearing a suit and tie. He smiled broadly while wrapping an arm around a giggling young Hager. Her sister stood next to her, smiling.
In the second photo, Hager rested an arm on her grandfather’s knee while her sister whispered into the ear of her grandmother. The pair both wore fancy dresses and appeared to be at a formal event.
As The Inquisitr previously reported, Hager often talks about both of her late grandparents. Most recently, she opened up on the third hour of the Today Show about some of the best words of wisdom her grandfather had ever taught her. Most of the lessons revolved around humility, gratitude and showing respect to others.