The next post was supposed to be about Taylor’s party, which we had tonight. However, I can’t think to write it right now. You see, our Uncle Gerald passed away tonight. Really, he is Kody’s uncle, but since we lived next door to him and his wife Brenda for 4 years I feel like I can claim him too. I want to write a bit tonight to honor and remember him.

When I first met Gerald, back in 2002, I was pretty scared of him. He was rough looking and I just didn’t know him. When we moved in next door though I had to get to know him…and I’m so glad I did. The best thing about him was that he was always there. I could ask him questions, I could ask him for help, I could sit and watch the cars go by with him, he would talk to and play with the kids when we were outside. He made me laugh [a lot], he made me feel safer [especially when Kody was gone on trips], and I’m sure he made me mad at least once. He was a sweet person and he was also rough and tough if you were on the wrong side. Definitely a good guy to have on your side.

We’ve only visited with him once or twice in the past 3 years and I feel terrible for that, especially now. I wish we had gone back over there more, even just to say hi. I wish life hadn’t gotten in the way so much. I wish that when we got the call Sunday afternoon telling us that there wasn’t much time left that we had picked up and gone to visit right then. To tell him how much he made us smile and how loved he was. I am sad and I miss him, even more than I already did. I know I didn’t know him as well as others did, but I loved him anyway and I will always remember him. Good-bye, Uncle Gerald. I am sorry for not coming to see you. You are loved and missed by everyone in this house.

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