I just came back from my home town this evening. I only left home on Friday and I’m already back so it was a short trip, but unfortunately it was for a sad reason. My cousin died. She was the first of the grand children on my fathers side of the family to pass away. Hopefully it will be many many years before any more of us go!
I drove to Ottawa, my home town, with one of my brothers and his wife. I stayed over at my oldest brothers and his girlfriends house but the brother who I drove with stayed at a hotel because he’s allergic to my oldest brothers dog.
My Aunt – my only remaining aunt, was very happy and surprised to see my brother, my sister in law and I when we arrived at the visitation on Friday night. She didn’t know we were coming so I hope our presence gave her some comfort.
My cousin had been sick and in the hospital since sometime in November. She’d rallied and seemed to get somewhat better in December but she went downhill very fast last weekend.
I feel bad because I’ve sort of lost touch with most of my cousins. On top of that, being the youngest cousin in the family (first cousin I mean) I didn’t develop the same relationships with my cousins that my older siblings did growing up with my cousins that were closer to them in age. I mean … my oldest brother is 19 years older than me … and therefore several of my cousins are 10 to 20 years older than me as well .. I came a long a little late in the game. LOL Still .. better late than never and they were all happy to see me. I’m definitely going to make an effort to stay in touch with all of them from now on.
It was also good to see my oldest brother. I don’t see him often. Ever since my mother passed away I really haven’t been back to my home town – other than for my aunts 80th birthday celebration five years ago! So .. my two brothers, my sister in law, my oldest brothers girlfriend and one of my ex-sister in laws all went out for dinner after the visitation. We had a great time and a great dinner. Actually I think my ex-sister in law might have news … I thought I heard her talking to my other sister in law about a titanium wedding band … maybe there’s going to be invitations mailed out soon?
Ok .. well I’ve had a very busy and emotional two days. I think it’s time for me to have some rest. I hope your weekend is going well.