Today my Great Uncle Bob will be laid to rest. I’ve thought about this post for the last 24 hours and I still have no idea how to start it or how to end it. It’s not like we didn’t know that Uncle Bobs time was coming. That dang C word seems to get everyone in the end.
The last time I sat down to write a post like this it was on Oct. 13 2010. One year after my Grandpa had passed away. Uncle Bob was my Grandpa’s younger brother. He was the last of the siblings. The close of a chapter, but not the end of the book.
His kids are longer kids. Except Danny you’ll always be a little kid in my memory! Sorry!!! They now all have kids of their own. What I can’t figure out is how did we get this old? Wasn’t it just yesterday that everyone was down at the cottage?
I do believe this may be the only photo ever taken of Uncle Bob without a hat on. He was that kind of guy. Let’s be honest, pretty much the only thing Uncle Bob and I had in common was our last name and our love of the Steelers. Then again what more do you need? Though you may not always agree with family, sometimes they need to just be loved and appreciated for who they are. Today is a day for us to appreciate and love. Today I will mourn for Aunt Marilyn, his sons David, Scott, and Dan, and his grandchildren.
I will also mourn selfishly for myself as well. I will mourn the passing of time. Time that we don’t appreciate enough as it passes. I will mourn for those summer days and nights that once were. I will fondly remember the stories told, no matter how exaggerated I know now that they were. I will also mourn the time I missed when we moved away. BUT I will smile quietly as I hear my Grandpa and Uncle Bob call my name “Teesa Me Me” in my mind.
Uncle Bob, please give my Grandpa a huge hug from all of us. Tell him I miss him. Tell him Ellie still talks about him all the time.
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