A few days ago, I got word that my aunt (my father’s sister) passed away.
As a child, I spent a lot of time with my father’s side of the family—summertime barbecues, holiday gatherings. After my parent’s divorce, those weekends and holidays became less frequent. It shames me to say this, but I hadn’t seen my aunt in years–probably since my father’s funeral in 2000. There are occasional phone calls from my paternal grandmother, but I’m not close with them like I am with my mom’s side of the family.
Thanks to Facebook, I was able to keep up with my aunt’s progress even though I couldn’t see her in person. She had been sick for some time–close to death at least once–but her passing came as a surprise. I spoke with my grandmother this morning on the phone and she just kept saying, “She was doing so well…” I guess this is a true testament that God calls us home in His time.
Sometimes tragedy is the catalyst that families need to come closer together. Who knows if my aunt’s passing will change the way I interact with my father’s side of the family, but it is a definite reminder that life is precious–we only get one go on this carnival ride called life, so make sure yours is one to remember.