The last time my Dad’s side of the family got together – before the funerals began – was Christmas 2005.
I had flown in from Utah and family drove up from Texas to gather at Nana’s house in Oklahoma.
Nana’s is the gathering place.
Aunt Tina was there, she didn’t see the next Christmas – cancer took her – because that’s THIS life and it sucks sometimes.
Two years later, Nana passed away from cancer, on my Dad’s birthday, December 30th.
I never really knew Rex’s birthday, we had so many different gatherings back in the day, I couldn’t keep straight who’s birthday it was we were gathering for.
March 11th became a birthday for Rex, of sorts, it was the day he left this world and entered the next.
Last year, I posted several blog posts about my cousin’s death that occurred on March 11th.
With cancer, you have some warning, last few days or months to say your goodbyes, but with Rex, it came as a shock.
With all the gatherings we had in junior high, high school, as cousins, for some reason, the only time we gather now is for a funeral.
We live in different states, we pursue different dreams, but I hope my cousins know how much I love them, regardless of how infrequently we visit.
Let us gather for a wedding next time.