|My cousin Randy - 1948 - 2013|
Yesterday my cousin Elaine called me to inform me of the unexpected death of her brother Randy.
I only met Randy once, and that was when I took my Mother to visit his mother (my Mother's sister) at Simpson Meadows in Downingtown.
Randy was seven years younger than me so we never knew each other growing up. I knew his older brother and sister who were nearer my age.
However, whenI met Randy in October of 2004 at Simpson Meadows, I knew we clicked immediately. He cared for his Mother the same way I cared for my Mom. We both knew we were among the fortunate few to have such wonderful Mothers. Which is an irony, because my Mother and Aunt Jeanette's mother died when they were both young. And yet, they both were such wonderful Mothers.
|Randy with his Mom (and my Aunt) - 2004|
After we visited our Mothers, Randy and I went to lunch. As it is with someone you click with, we had no lack of conversation.
After lunch that day I made a mental note that I had to stay in touch with Randy more often. But you know how it is when life interferes. Even though we exchanged Christmas cards every year, I never did see Randy again.
Then I got the call yesterday from Elaine telling me her brother died unexpectedly. Elaine (one of my very favorite cousins) and I talked about an hour about everything. She was in shock and I was too. Just this morning the enormity of this loss has finally begun to sink in.
Lately I've been thinking of posting the many photos I have of me with family members and friends who are no longer here. However, I dismissed that notion as to depressing. But after this latest loss, I just may do that. This blog is my therapy and I have to be honest with you, I am pretty well down in the dumps now over this latest loss. It is sort of overwhelming. I just can't imagine what his family is going through now. Sad times again.
|Randy, his Mom and me October 2004 in happier times - both gone now|