This isn't the post I intended to write today but I have been thinking about the subject for the last few days. It all started as I was looking through all the old photos at my Mum's. So many people are gone out of our lives.
I realize it is inevitable as everyone has to pass on sometime but it seems like the last 10 years have been particularly bad. I have a cousin Elizabeth who has been battling cancer for 8 years. She just turned 38 a few weeks ago. We got word on the weekend that she has taken a turn for the worst.
When we were visiting in St Catharines last month we found out her cancer has returned and nothing can be done for her. She has a 6 year old daughter. I remember Elizabeth at our wedding. I have a very large extended family (my Dad as 9 brothers and sisters) and we invited everyone to come. Elizabeth was so excited to be at our wedding as it was her first. We are all heartbroken because it does not look like she will be alive at Christmas.
I have 2 other cousins and 2 aunts dealing with cancer at this time too. I also have a couple of childhood friends going through this hell too.
Life is too darn short! Your life can change in a blink of an eye. When Chuck and I were first married he was away doing his military training and I stayed in our hometown waiting for him. He was driving home one weekend and drove right threw a tornado in Barrie, Ontario. We heard all about it on the news and we knew Chuck was driving home at that time. This of course was before cell phones (1985). That was the longest night of my life. It took him 6 hours to get home. I remember hearing our car coming down the street. It was about 2:00 a.m and we had loud mufflers at that time. I ran out on the porch, Chuck roared up the driveway and flung himself out of the car. We hugged for so long. I still cry when I think about it!
Sorry this isn't a happy post but this is what has been on my mind for the last few days.