Monday, September 17, 2007

Who would've thought

Last week I had heard that a friend of mine's mom suffered a stroke and today, I learned that she (my friend's mom) has passed away at the young age of 54. I am saddened by my friend's loss and my heart goes out to her and her family. They have built a website in her memory so that friends and relatives can express their condolences, upload photos, and pay tribute.

I remember the loss of my little brother to pneumonia when we were going through immigration in Thailand. I was about three or four years old and still remember the day of his funeral when we lived in the refugee camp. He would be have been 28 years old. Fortunately, we were blessed by another baby boy, my younger brother who is now 25.

Years later, when I was 19 years old, my uncle suddenly passed away in his sleep at 28 years old (he was my mom's youngest brother). My uncle came to the states with us and I had always thought of him as my older brother (being that I have three older sisters). I still miss him to this day. He left a young baby girl behind and I wish he could see what a beautiful young women she has become.

As sad I was to have lost a younger brother and uncle, it seems no pain can be greater than the loss of a parent (or child). My parents are my pillars and have always been there for me since I've been alive. I can't imagine life without them. I haven't always been good about calling them every day and telling them that I love them though I know I should not take each day they are with me for granted.

I know my friend probably never missed a day in telling her mom how much she loved her. I will make sure to tell my parents (both sets) today how much they mean to me and how lucky I am to have them in my life.
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