Sunday, January 30, 2005

It'll soon be my turn

Cliff and I have a visitation to attend at a funeral home a hundred miles north of here.  My cousin's husband, nicknamed "Fat", passed away a couple of days ago.  When we went to my dad's family's reunions, Fat and my husband, Cliff, were the ones wearing overalls, sitting with their heads together, discussing tractors.  One time we went camping on his farm and my grandson, Arick, fished in his well-stocked pond.  He seemed to have a special bond with Arick, although his tendency to tease children unmercifully made my granddaughter, Amber, shy away from him.  Fat whittled constantly, and made some really cute things that he passed around to family members.

The two of us were discussing this morning how we've buried grandparents at their time, and then our parents in their season.  It's our generation's turn now to start "shuffling off this mortal coil".  It somehow seems like the most natural thing in the world.  But it also makes you enjoy life to the fullest, realizing how short a time you have left.  Even with the aches and pains of older age upon us, each day is precious, and I, for one, am thankful for every one.

8 comments:

bookncoffee said...

I am sorry about the death in your family.  I guess I would feel the same way if it were my cousin.  

Be careful on the trip.  You are in my prayers.  I guess it is a couple hours from home, based on the mileage.  

Sonya

ryanagi said...

You have a great attitude...and you are right. I got a dose of my own mortality early on in life and for a 20-something, it really changes your perspective. I'm just happy to be here and having fun. :-) Now I'm a nearly 40er and still having fun.

plieck30 said...

I like your out look on life. Take care, Paula

toonguykc said...

It won't be "your turn" for a LONG time!  I'm betting you outlive me.   Russ

jeanno43 said...

Was sorry to hear your sad news.  You baby picture is now posted on the gallery.

http://journals.aol.co.uk/jeanno43/Family

sanforized6 said...

Amen, to Fats. Too bad, but like you said, we're all getting there. rich

hannaha18 said...

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segerfan4 said...

God doesn't promise us tomorrow and sometimes we loose sight of that fact... and waste today.  Each moment is a gift and sometimes it takes the death of a loved one...to wake us up that fact.  God bless Fat may he rest in peace.