Last week, my uncle died of cancer. He was only 71, and he was one of those men that always had a smile on his face. He was a really spectacular man who loved his kids, grandkids, and family. I wish I had known him for much longer, but as many of you know, I only met my birth family five years ago.
Last weekend, I attended the funeral in Picture Butte, and it was a really hard day. Hard for many reasons – it was heartbreaking to watch the rest of the family grieve, sad for me because I wish I had had an opportunity to develop a relationship with my birth family, and Jon, much earlier in life (nothing I can do about it, I know… but it’s still a loss that I need to deal with), and the day was a reminder of my own Dad’s passing from this horrible disease just a few years ago.
But, the day was also a reminder to build on the family relationships I have (both my birth family and adoptive) – and to hold them close. My brother and I don’t see each other, or talk nearly enough. It’s so hard being so far away from him, Diane and Ashleigh… But, I only have one brother/sister-in-law, and one neice, and I need to see them more.
And, I also want to spend more time with my birth cousins, and uncle/aunt that live closer by. They are truly awesome people, and I’m lucky to have them as my family.
My heart goes out to Dennis (and Heather and the kids), JJ (and Kim), and Vince (and Alison and the kids) who lost their Dad and Afi, and Barney/Deb who lost a brother. Know that I’m thinking of you all, and I’m here if you need me for anything at all.
Hold your family and friends that are like family close… Life is shorter than you think.
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