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A brief word on my people
Yesterday, I got word that my uncle Patrick passed away due to complications in the OR. He was my mom's second youngest brother, and barely ten years older than me. Some of my earliest memories involve things like being held by the ankles suspended head down over the porch railing by Patrick and Bill (the youngest of the Lajoie siblings). They did this a lot, hoping to scare me silly. It was actually kind of fun.

He was a good man who had had a hard life. I can't remember the last time I saw him where there wasn't something he was struggling with. Not your everyday worries and disatisfactions, mind you, but significant, soul-crushing things. Some were within his control. A great many more were not. The last few times I spoke to him, I could scarcely grasp how he managed to put one foot in front of the other.

Right now, my heart is breaking for my cousin who had to make the decision to take her father off life-support, and for my grandmother who has lost a husband and a son in less than a year. She needed to make sure I was ok when I called before she would talk about anything else. I had called to see how she was doing.

My mom's holding up, but I could hear the strain in her voice hiding in her calm front. I guess I'm holding up too.
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technocowboy From: technocowboy Date: June 2nd, 2006 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
plumtreeblossom From: plumtreeblossom Date: June 2nd, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good thoughts to you...
From: corvus_coronis Date: June 2nd, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry to hear that he could not win this battle, my thoughts are with you & your family.
tenillypo From: tenillypo Date: June 2nd, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so sorry...
esmerel From: esmerel Date: June 2nd, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Man, that's rough. I'm sorry to hear all that's happened. :(
iterum From: iterum Date: June 2nd, 2006 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm very sorry to hear it. :(
Best wishes for your family.
spiralflames From: spiralflames Date: June 2nd, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
blessings to you and your family.
wildflowersoul From: wildflowersoul Date: June 2nd, 2006 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
woodwhat From: woodwhat Date: June 2nd, 2006 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am so sorry... I'm not very good at comfort, but I know this must be hard on your family, and I'm so sorry. :(
watchamacallit From: watchamacallit Date: June 2nd, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so sorry...
prosicated From: prosicated Date: June 2nd, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like strong people in your family. I wish you more strength.
clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: June 2nd, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you get tired of holding up, and need someone to help you know how to find me.
khep From: khep Date: June 2nd, 2006 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am so sorry. Your family's in my thoughts.
starflow From: starflow Date: June 2nd, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
We love you, man, and we're there for you. Anytime.
transcribe From: transcribe Date: June 2nd, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
jeez P-, that's so sad. i'm so sorry for your & your family's loss.
Best wishes and warm thoughts,
cosmicserpent From: cosmicserpent Date: June 2nd, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry for your loss. Let us know if you need any support.
From: dsgood Date: June 3rd, 2006 12:28 am (UTC) (Link)
My sympathies!
why_style From: why_style Date: June 3rd, 2006 11:09 am (UTC) (Link)
very sorry to hear of your loss. there's really nothing that makes it any easier, but you and your family are in my thoughts.
pilarcruz From: pilarcruz Date: June 8th, 2006 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry mon frere.
From: philbot Date: June 8th, 2006 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
So sorry to hear that.
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