Saturday, May 14, 2016

And Cancer Claims Another, But Not Without A Fight!


This week, our family lost another uncle/brother/father/friend.  Unfortunately, due mostly to proximity and circumstance, I didn't get to know this uncle as well as others.

But, this is what I do know.

He was a fighter. He fought his way through life. He fought more than his share of demons. He fought, most furiously, against the monster that claimed him in the end. Cancer.

He was passionate. One look into his eyes, especially when he was fired up about something, to told you he could barely contain it, at times.

He will be missed. He will be missed by his brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, his long time love, his sons, his grandbaby girl, and grandkids that are yet to be.

He took full advantage of the pain-ridden, torturous time he had left on this earth, to say his good-byes, mend fences where needed, gain peace. He recognized this distorted blessing as one that those who leave suddenly simply do not get.

His, marks the loss of the fourth of Mom's eight brothers,(the second photo) three of which have been within the last two years.

I know that with a family as big as ours, which covers four and five generations, this is an expected part of life. Just like birthdays, graduations, weddings, anniversaries, and birth announcements, the joyous things, we, perpetually, have to brace ourselves for the tough announcements, as well. I know I'm not even close to being alone in hoping that this is the last tough one for a very long time.

Rest in peace, Uncle Willie.

As for the rest of the week...........

We are crazy busy at the's awesome!

We had a visitor from up north ( our sister-in-law,which I missed as it was on writing day)

Ran errands, schlepped a few loads of laundry up and down the stairs.....

Went for a bike ride for the first time this year........

Put another dent in the novel I'm working on.............

As for the upcoming few days............

Tonight is date night! Off to the movies!

Tomorrow, our daughter and son-in -law are entrusting us with their children for the day......hehehehehehe

Things will be hopping at the shop............


With that, I will leave you with this wish................

May we say what needs saying without looking death in the face.
May we throw aside grudges,instead, forgive and embrace.

May we say what we really mean, not allowing it to be translated through a filtre of anger or fear.
May we get it all out in the open, have peace, life is but a heartbeat, tomorrow may never get here.

May we see each other for who we really are, not through the eyes of our expectations.
May we accept without condition, for others' scripts are not ours to write, to edit or offer adaptations.

May we accept that we all see things differently, my right may be your wrong.
May we embrace the quirks of our variations, and in the end, all just get along.

Until next time......

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