by katelin on April 10, 2013

Every time I get together with my family I realize how truly lucky I am.

I’m lucky that my mom is one of eight kids, that my grandma was one of six kids and that all of those kids had lots of kids and I think you get it. I have a lot of family. And my mom and dad instilled in me the value of that family and how fortunate I am that we all live so close together.

I realized that even though my grandma (my mom’s mom) died when I was young, I was so lucky to know almost all of her siblings. All of my great aunts and uncles have been almost like surrogate grandparents to me since I was a child. And for that, I am incredibly lucky.


They’ve sent me cookies when I was at college, they’ve sent me yearly Christmas cards always including a cute note. They’ve always asked to see pictures of my life whenever I get to see them and they always love me like family.

Last year around this time my great uncle Adolph passed away unexpectedly. He was the patriarch of the family, my grandma’s oldest brother and it was so hard to see him go. Last weekend when I was cleaning up around our apartment I found a Christmas card from him and his note on our wedding response card and I couldn’t help but cry a little bit. But then, it also made me smile. I remembered his big voice and amazing laugh and it was just nice to remember.

A week ago, my great uncle Art passed away. He too was like my loving grandfather, always the jokester, always mischievous and the forever entertainer. Although he had been sick for a while, losing him hasn’t been any easier than it was to lose my Uncle Adolph a year ago.

Today I’m headed up north to celebrate his life with family and his friends. I know it’s not going to be easy to attend another funeral of someone close to me, but it will be easy to see how lucky I truly was to know him and have him in my life for so long.


Uncle Art & Aunt Laverne, together for 62 years



happy wednesday!

Posted in Sometimes I Get Serious
  • Lynn

    I am sorry for your loss as I know it’s bittersweet with his illness, but love and admire your outlook that you’re going to celebrate his life with friends and family.

  • San

    Having just lost my beloved great-aunt (= surrogate grandma) and with her birthday coming up (tomorrow!), I can relate so, so much to your post and the love you feel for your relatives. I hope you find peace and comfort in the presence of the rest of your family.

  • I’m sorry for your loss. It does sound like you have a wonderful family, and I’m glad you’ve had a chance to be so close to them.

  • Sorry for your loss! Being close to one’s family is one of the blessings I know not to take for granted. :-)

  • I am so sorry for your losses.

  • Thinking of you and sorry for your loss. xoxoxo

  • I know this feeling all to well. I’m so, so grateful for my family, and the older I get, the more I realize it for sure!

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