Got a call tonite @ 10:24 from a lady we sold our first house to. She wanted to let me know that our neighbor had passed away yesterday (on my birthday of all days) ..... he was a kind old soul who has watched out for me since I was a teenie bopper... almost a year ago to the date, he called me on my cell while I was up in New Jersey relocating my mom... he said... no reason for the call, just checking on my little girl" I told him where I was, what I was doing & that I loved him and would TRY to see him soon.
A month or so ago, we were in Dallas... running around as usual like chickens with our heads cut off...we actually drove right by our old house...but we didnt stop.... it makes me so sad to know that I missed that opportunity. I think he must have been close to 90 by now... and when all of us put our houses up for sale, he told me the only way he would ever leave would be in a pine box.
I am glad he is not suffering anymore, but Im sad that I cant hug him one more time. I hope he knew that life gets crazy sometimes and even though I didnt go see him, that I did care about him. I have another older couple I have been friends with since I was 12 (27 years ago) and I keep saying I need to go see them... Im just afraid to call and find out I may have missed that chance too. I want to go to his funeral, but I think I may be coming down with bronchitis as Im wheezing & coughing up a storm. While his wife was a sweet lady, I was really closer to him... Im really torn over this as Id like to go, but I just dont know if I can. It is 350 miles each direction & Im not feeling up to par.... not to mention I am in the middle of painting my sons room... if I can physically paint while being sick.
All in all, this tells us to spend time with people you care about.... make time, find time, just do it !!