Friday, April 24, 2009

Good-Bye...

Well I had a post, in my mind, all ready to write. I bitchy post. A post about what’s been bugging me lately. But, then things changed.

A call. 2:10am. Never good.

We had been at his house earlier that night for our bi-weekly Family Night dinner. He had grilled some meat. We chatted, laughed, and watched the kids run around the house playing hide-and-go-seek. About 8:30, time to go. We hugged, we kissed, and we said our “I love you’s.” And we meant it. As The Husband and I were leaving his Uncle’s house we never thought it would be the last time we would see him.

The Husband grew up without his father, his uncle was the male figure who had been in The Husband’s life the longest. The one that showed him the ropes. The one that taught him so many lessons. Although only separated by 10 years or so, his uncle was his role model, his mentor, his confidant, and his friend. They got each other. They bantered, they laughed and I could see the influence he has had on The Husband.

You fell in love with a teenager with a baby, married her and were still in love with her and she with you, for the last 40 years. You were a solid foundation. You were a real man. A man who has fiercely stood by and protected his family. You provided house and more importantly, home to your family. You made us all laugh, and last night you made everyone cry.

We will miss you, but I can just picture you now, in your big blue chair watching all of us as if we were in the big 60” HDTV you always wanted.

17 comments:

Monica said...

I am so deeply sorry for you and yours' loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. He sounds like he was a wonderful man.

Shelley said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. What a lovely tribute to an honorable man. Take care of yourselves during this rough time.

Christina said...

I am so very sorry for your lose. It's is a horirble thing to go through and NEVER gets any easier. He sounds like he was an amazing man.

Jules said...

I wish i had words to share. But after losing my dad I know that hearing I'm sorry isn't quite the right thing... So instead I'm sending you a virtual hug filled with tears and compassion. To all of you and yours... I'm sorry. :) LOL

Christine said...

So sorry to hear that. My condolences to you, your husband and your husband's uncle's family.

Gigi said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss. I hope the memories of time well spent together and love shared will help ease your family's pain. God bless.

TJ said...

Sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Angie Eats Peace said...

I am very sorry to hear this :(
Positive thoughts to your family.

H.K. said...

I am so sorry! Your husband's uncle sounded like an amazing person.

ani pesto said...

My thoughts are with you, your husband and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. It sounds like you have many happy memories by which to remember him by.

MaryFran said...

Sooo sorry to hear about your loss!

new*me said...

sending prayers your way~

biz319 said...

So sorry for the loss of your husband's uncle - especially so unexpectedly like that!

Hugs to you and your family!

Sagan said...

I'm so sorry. My condolences- he must have been very special.

Asianmommy said...

I'm sorry for your loss. My condolences to you & your family.

SeaShore said...

I'm sorry for your loss.

Juice said...

Beautifully written. I wish I had had a chance to meet this man. My prayers are with your family.