Missing my family today.

by Christine on March 16th, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates

Yesterday I got a call from my mother that my Uncle Bob passed away. It was unexpected; he was young. I’m not sure why, but it may have been a heart attack.

My Uncle Bob was a good man. He had a contagious smile and a wonderful laugh. I love the way his eyes twinkled when he was happy. That’s definitely what I will remember the most about him. He was into muscle cars, and racing and showing off his car was one of his great joys.

When I was a kid, I used to spend one weekend in the summer at my Aunt and Uncle’s house. I’m glad that my parents made me do that because it allowed me to get to know that side of my family so much better.  They would come over on Christmas Day when I was younger, too. That drive must have been a pain in the ass for them to make year after year, but I’m so happy that they made the effort. They are part of my memories of the holidays and growing up. My Uncle and Aunt had two wonderful daughters, my cousins, who are beautiful and wonderful people that I am very fortunate to have in my life.

I’m so happy that I got to watch my Uncle walk my cousin down the aisle at Navy Pier in Chicago a few years ago. I’m thrilled that he got a chance to hold his first grandson.

I’m sad that he did not get to experience all those same things with my younger cousin. I’m sad that there is so much more that I never knew about my Uncle, like what kind of music he listened to, or what his favorite movie was.

The funeral is in Chicago on Friday, but I’m stuck here in New York, a bajillion miles away from my family. I might as well be on the other side of the planet. My heart hurts.

I’ll miss you Uncle Bob. You may have not known it, but you were an important part of my life.

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  • http://www.heathersbandedjourney.blogspot.com Heather

    My heart goes out to you and your family today. It is hard to lose someone, but even harder if you can’t be there.

  • Ann

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.