Family Fridays: Loving Angels Instead

Happy Friday everyone! I am going to warn you this post is very mushy and emotional for me. So, if that’s not your thing, thanks for visiting, but this post might not be for you.

uncle2I was three years old, with my head in the clouds, feet dangling over the shoulders of my best friend. We would walk up to my stage, also known as a slab of cement two blocks from my house in a school courtyard. I’d sing and dance and he would applaud, like it was the best thing he’d ever heard. He taught me how to make Chicken Francese and didn’t care when I got flour all over the kitchen floor. He would read me scary stories, paint my nails and is the reason why I am addicted to the Food Network. He was my best friend and today is his birthday.

Uncle David and I were inseparable, always together with him teaching me something new all the time. I was very little but I still vividly remember our times together. They were the best. He would pick me up and take me all over the place, sharing things he loved most with a child he wasn’t even technically blood related to. I had him wrapped around my finger; whatever I wanted, I got without question. Uncle David has been gone for ten years now and truthfully I miss him more than ever. Today is his birthday and I’d give anything to be able to sing to him.

Instead of being upset today, I think of the amazing memories I have of my uncle and smile. I was so lucky to have such an amazing man in my life. I firmly believe that he is watching over me every day, making sure nothing happens to me and guiding me each step of the way. While that doesn’t replace having him here, I do find comfort in knowing that I have an angel on my shoulder. I know he has seen every milestone and heartbreak throughout the last ten years. He has been there even though I didn’t see him.

uncle1Uncle David was only 56 when he passed away from cancer. His cancer was a result of smoking cigarettes for decades. If you’re a smoker, I am begging you to quit. It’s the best gift you can give your loved ones this holiday season.

Life would be different if Uncle David was here today. But I know he’d want me to happy and not miss him too much. While it is hard, I try to remember all of the happy memories we had together.Happy Birthday in heaven!

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