12th September 2012
Death of an Uncle
It is amazing how many things we take for granted. We make plans for the day, and don't think twice about how those plans can change in the blink of an eye. I never thought much about it myself, until I was faced with the devastating, and undeniable truth of my uncle death. The event that occurred which started my growth into adulthood.
I can remember so clearly the day that I received the news of his death. My family and I were pack and ready to leave after visiting him and the family for the weekend. Before we left I saw my uncle sitting by the window just gazing into the sky and thinking about something of someone. We said our goodbyes and return home not knowing about what was going to unfold.
We had just arrived home that Sunday night and my parents had just left to attend Bible study at our local church. I was home with my younger brother and older sister doing our usual routine. Then my sister got the phone call from my cousin saying that my uncle had passed away. She ran downstairs were I was hanging out with my other cousins at the time and deliver the news that would change my life forever. Shocked and numbness coursed through my body, trying to process this earth shattering news.
My family had just seen him hours earlier and now he’s dead. I was only 11 at the time and my mind could not grasp the idea of death and how quickly it came into my life. Prior to these events occurring, his family was in the process of purchasing a new home. We went with them and look at house that was on the market and found a home that was perfect for his family. It was a five bedroom house with a finish basement and attic. It had open spaces that connect the living room, dining room, and kitchen as one room. My parents, aunt, uncle, cousins, me and my sibling had conversation about the past and recalling memories that made us smile with joy. I remember a statement my uncle made...