Today’s Family, Tomorrow’s Me

When I arrived home last night, there was a message on the answering machine. My father left a message stating that my nephew had died this past weekend.

This message was from a father I never had while growing up. I didn’t really get to start my relationship with him until the year before I was married. The nephew is a young boy that I’ve never met. His mom is a half sister that I’ve seen twice and haven’t had any significant conversations with.

It amazes me how ready I am to drop everything and be there for them.

Tonight I will call my father, tell him I have every evening free for the rest of the week, and offer my services, whatever those might be. On Saturday, we’ll attend a very sad funeral for a little guy that everyone will say was too young to die. Beyond Saturday, God only knows what will happen between any of us.

I admit I’m not much of a family man, not outside of my own marriage, that is. Either I’m fooling myself, or I’m just empathetic to those who do lose loved ones. I know that this is no time for me to be selfish in any way, shape or form.

Maybe I’m maturing.

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5 Responses to Today’s Family, Tomorrow’s Me

  1. Cousin Dave says:

    Looks like I also will be attending a funeral Saturday as Mikes mother has past. Good times…..

  2. Roger says:

    Yikes. We heard she was bad off when Mike didn’t show for Easter. Totally sucks.

  3. Roger says:

    Looks like he was loved while he was here. What more can you ask for for a little child?

    “On March 21, 2008, our little angel, Brent Hunter Sabin, went to heaven for reasons known only to God. He was born Nov. 29, 2001, and touched so many lives in a most unique and wonderful way. His smile could make the sun shine. His entertaining ways always amused us, his intellect would amaze us. He gave us those moments in time that would stay with us forever. He recently taught us the hardest lesson of all, the gift of life. For it does not matter how old or frail you are, God also wants the young and innocent. We are so grateful to this precious little 6-year-old for reminding us of what we most take for granted. He was blessed with the most loving, caring, compassionate and understanding mother a little boy could have, Nicci Senter; his gramma, Sherry Silvia, who loved and worshipped him unconditionally; “Uncle T” Trevor Senter and auntie, Laurie Gauthier adored him. He was very special to grampa, Frank Silvia, too. He is also survived by his father, Tim Sabin. With endless tears, profound sadness and broken hearts, we live on and can only hope for tomorrow. Brent loved school and was in kindergarten…. Special thanks to his teachers, caregivers, baby-sitters, relatives, friends and so many more to mention.”

  4. Scoob says:

    It is always a sad moment when a young life is cut short, the thoughts of what might of been never leave the minds of those close to him/her. The bright memories never leave either.

  5. Scoob says:

    Rog, you have always been a very empathic friend and you have never failed to be there when needed. I can only think that you would also be that way with your family, no matter how extended.

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