A guy reads Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (2009-2011)


Yesterday evening, I received a special TwilightGuy story. Out of the hundreds I have been sent, this is the most touching I have read. I promise– it deserves to be read to the end:

 I’m a 79 year old, happily married for 58 years to my beautiful wife, Sarah; father of two beautiful girls, and grandfather of four boys and one girl, and I’m now called Twi-Grandpappy. Now I’m very tech challenged, don’t have an email, so my 19 year old granddaughter is letting me use hers so I can tell you about my Twilight Tale.

I’ve worked at the same company for 50 years. Most of the women in the office are nosy and near my daughters’ ages. Except four weeks ago we brought in a new girl who happens to be 19 (the youngest in the office). She happens to be the daughter of one of the sub’s and very well behaved. Everyday, she came in on time, and left when she was done with her work. She didn’t talk much but she did listen to her little MP3 thing. We sometimes could hear whatever she was listening to, if the office was quiet- but it never seems to be that. Now I was curious as to what she would mouth and I caught “Edward,” “Bella,” and “Jacob” at times. So at lunch I asked her. She actually smiled and said “Twilight by Stephenie Meyer”. Still being curious, I wanted to listen.

So every day, during our lunch, she would put the story on her MP3 speaker (don’t ask  me how) and we would listen a chapter every day.

I was hooked at the first chapter, interested. My lunch partner and I would talk about the chapters and Twilight everyday. We were known as the Twilight Lunch Buddies.

Now my story turns sad.

Everyday she would come in, remember? Well one day, she stopped coming. Her father didn’t come in either and I was worried. Then when I finally saw her father, on Monday on my way home, I saw the grief in his eyes. Marie, my buddy, passed away on Friday the 13th.

My lunch buddy was visiting a friend of hers from High School, one she hasn’t seen in nearly a year. They were going to the Mall on Thursday, to buy a gift for my retirement party that was to happen on June 20th, when she was hit by a car. She died on the operating table, trying to restart her heart.

I am always going to miss her, but I shall always carry one thing from her. Her father earlier today came and gave me a little box. “She wanted to give you this,” he said.

Inside was her own battered copy of Twilight with a little note in the side:

“Jimmy-Jim, I sadly had to return Twilight back to the library so I no longer have it but I thought you would love to read this after work. We could talk about what you read the next day at lunch.

Much Love, Marie.

PS- ask your grand-daughter to check out this site for you. He’s funny, like a younger version of you.”

And she gave me your website. I read the entry for today, the 17th, and wanted to give you my tale of how I became known as the Twi-Grandpappy.


Added 1:06 AM: I hope nobody is upset with me posting this. I know, it is sad, when the rest of this site is all happy. But I felt it was best that you knew his story. It was the least I could do, since he sent it to me.



191 Responses

  1. OMGoodness. That was so sad, but I’m glad that you shared Twi-Grandpappy’s story with us. That made me cry, but that was a really touching story. I’m going to show this to my friend now, but thanks for posting this! 🙂

  2. Wow. that is so sad. It is a touching story.It is a very unfortunate case and it nice that you posted it Kaleb.


  3. Oh my gosh! That is sooooo sad it had me tearing up *sniff sniff* I’m so glad you posted this!

  4. OMG! It’s so cool that he is a Twilight guy but it’s sad. His little buddy died. I cried, but it’s good that he told us and read the books for her.

  5. We are the people who read and fell in love with Twilight. How could anyone who loves Twilight be anthing less than deeply touched by this story too. I wish twi-grandpappy and Marie, all the best. And I thank Kaleb for posting it. It moved me to tears.


  6. This is a sad story! =[. I’m really sorry about the loss. I also like the story. It’s touching. And even though it is sad it is a wonderful story. Everyone always has these kooky stories about how they stumbled upon Twilight. But this is different. And I like the differences in it even if it is sad. But that is a terrible thing that could happen. I couldn’t imagine it. Sorry.

  7. I definitely cried when I read this…but that’s a good thing. Thank you, Kaleb, for sharing this story with the rest of us. This is my favorite Twilight Guy story thus far.

  8. I am definately not upset that you posted this Kaleb. It was a beautiful and sad story. I thought it was very touching and needed to be told. This is just ONE of my favorite TwilightGuy Reports. Thank you Kaleb for sharing that. I really appreciate it. I will ALWAYS remember this story.

  9. this was possibly the sadest thing i have heard in a while.
    however, im not in the least bit upset with you, Kaleb. sometimes people need to be reminded that life is short and we should appreciate every second…by doing none other than reading the best book ever.
    not to make light of the situation, but i dont think Marie would have wanted people being sad, just to finish reading.

  10. um.. that was an incredible story and im soo glad that he shared it with us. it’s amazing how she told him abt this site before she left us, it was definitely meant to be shared. Im sorry for their lost. Im glad im home alone, cuz im crying like crazy.

  11. Awwwww thats so sad :*(.
    Poor guy. Im glad he met Marie when he did, though. Now he can finish the book and think about al the good times they had. It just goes to show, there are 5 things that bring people together like nothing else in this world;
    A disaster
    Good music
    Good Food
    A good argument
    and A good Book.

    thanks for sharing Twi Grandpappy
    Marie, if you can read this from wherever you are now, rest in peace, and i really hope you can read Breaking Dawn from there too.

  12. Jimmy, you never know how much your kindness will mean until something like this happens. I’m so glad that you were able to share this experience with this young girl. I’m sure that it meant a lot to her to have someone accept her at work and share this experience with her. You are a good person. Thanks for sharing your story.

  13. That is such a touching story! I have tears in my eyes! Twi-Grandpappy, if you ever get an opportunity to read this, I want you to know that we are all very sorry for your loss and wish you nothing but the best for the years to come. You are a very sweet man and are very thoughtful to have shared your story with us. I hope that you continue to enjoy Twilight. Best regards!

  14. I started to cry and I never cry. that was really touching, but sad. sorry for your loss Twi-Grandpappy

  15. That was truely a touching story.
    I was crying, I’m so sorry for your loss Twi-granpappy and that of her family.
    That was a very sweet thing she did. She sounds like a remarkable person.
    If you’re reading this, thank you for sharing.

  16. oh that is so sad, and that she was only 19,i’m glad i read it, but thats just SO sad

  17. I wish Twi-Grandpappy the best, and may Marie rest in peace. I told my mom about this. She was shocked about what happened, too.

    Hey, can you reach Twi-Grandpappy and give him a hi for me? 😀

  18. Had to disappear down the hallway at work to cry after I read this… such a sad story. She sounded like a very kind and thoughtful young woman that will be missed greatly by her loved ones.

    Thank you to Twi-grandpappy (and you) for sharing his story with us.

  19. That is such a sad sad story! I’m totally tearing up right now. But I think it’s such a beautiful thing that two people with quite an age difference could bond over such an awesome book! It is aweful what happened to Marie but its possible that she had finished what she was meant to do on this Earth. Thanks so much to Twi-grandpappy and Kaleb!

    Rest in Peace Marie

  20. I cried. This is sad. But don’t feel bad. I’m glad you did post it up. :’) Carter Burwell’s Bella’s Lullaby was playing while I was reading this. That adds up the sadness.

  21. Oh my goshessness! Poor Twi-grandpappy D= but he’s so AWESOME! and i luvs his story!! -sob-

  22. awwwwwwwwwwh
    I’m about to cry, but I’m glad this got posted, I’m a newer reader and just reviewing twilight guy stories…..
    that’s such a worthwhile story, no matter how sad

  23. oh my gosh. i cried and cried when i read this. i was just looking at all of the twilightguy reports, because they are usually so funny. that’s probably the most touching story i’ve read in a long time.

    Jimmy…if you read these still, i’m truly sorry for your loss. i hope you were able to finish the rest of the books, and that they’ve helped you to keepy Marie’s memory alive.

  24. Wow. ;o it's a long time ago that this was posted but just read it now. And im so touched.
    i have no words. just wow. i had an operation friday the 13th.
    omg i almost cried because fo your story.

    x that's such a worthwhile story, no matter how sad

  25. Wow. ;o it's a long time ago that this was posted but just read it now. And im so touched.
    i have no words. just wow. i had an operation friday the 13th.
    omg i almost cried because fo your story.

    x that's such a worthwhile story, no matter how sad

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