The day after my last post, February 28th, I spent the entire day in the hospital with my Uncle as he was heading into his last little bit of time on this earth.
Five days later he passed away.
The day he passed away, I was out walking my dogs and the most amazing sky appeared. It was like cotton candy. (see photo below). He passed a few hours later.
My condolences go out to his wife, his sons, his daughter-in-laws, and his grandchildren.
In the sadness of it all, there was some joy.
Family that we haven’t seen in years, many, many, many years….20+ years… and the two newest additions to our family (4 and 6 months old) came to celebrate his life on Friday.
The hugs were long and strong. There were tears, but there was also laughter. Stories were shared. Then there wore more long and strong hugs as everyone parted ways.
I left there feeling joy. Joy that in his passing he was able to re-unite some of our family on that day. Joy that I got to meet the sweet new babies in our family. I know he was smiling down on us.
This past week, I focused a lot on something that I have been neglecting for far too long. Connecting with my family. My immediate family and my extended family. I just wanted to feel more present with my kids and my granddaughter.
In the saddest of times, joy is still around. You just have to look a little harder for it.
P.S. Life is short. Too short. None of us our promised tomorrow. So do not leave anything unsaid or unanswered. Mend relationships. Live fully. Love deeply. Make every day matter.