Saturday, November 28, 2009

Yesterday Really Felt Like Thanksgiving

My Love has been working on replacing our light switches and outlets. Last week....there was a noise and no more electricity in the living room and my upstairs bedroom. Something happened.

I called my cousin, an electrician, who I know...but I don't really KNOW know him.

He's about 15 years older than I am, so we missed each other's teenage years. Never played together. But his parents, I knew really well. They would stop by our office and talk for hours. I loved them dearly. My uncle, his dad, died a few years ago and his mother is now mentally gone. I miss them so much.

Yesterday, he arrived around 9:45am. And we started talking. We talked and talked and talked some mroe. Told stories about every one of my uncles. Some of the aunts. Talked religion.

I heard stories that I never had heard before about my family. I heard the whole story of my cousin that killed himself at my grandmother's house when I was ten. I was left in the car that night in front of her house and was too young to know what went on.

We talked about my Daddy and his and how they used to have to sneak off to drink a beer when they'd all go camping and fishing.

My Love came home. She sat in and listened. My mother came over. We all talked some more. Around 4pm, he finished with what should have been about a 30 minute job. I offered to pay him and he said, "Merry Christmas and I love you!"

That was the final message from his Dad on his deathbed. That we need to tell each other we love each other. And so I say to you, tell the people that you love that you love them. It's important.


19 comments:

chocdrop said...

I agree saying I Love You can't be said enough. So nice to hear that you connected with more family and learned some history no matter good or bad but something that is a part of you.

SkylersDad said...

Some words can't be said enough times.

Vodka Logic said...

HOw nice you reconnected with him. The start of a new relationship it seems :)

Gary's third pottery blog said...

you are SO lucky :)

Evil Twin's Wife said...

What an amazing blessing! I hope you two are able to get together more often!

Real Live Lesbian said...

I am Gary, I really am. Me too, ETW. And I will make sure we do!

A Stitch In Thyme said...

Your post is truly without a doubt, unequivacly the reason for the spirit of this season. Hugs to you and yours. Tammy

Poindexter said...

what a wonderful Thanksgiving story, something for which to be truly thankful. -Diane

James said...

That was a great uplifting post. Thanks RLL

phd in yogurtry said...

Wish every electrician brought such heartwarming thoughts!

Mike Golch said...

what a great story of love,thank you for sharing this.

Lynette said...

isn't it wonderful to hear the stories. i know that it is the wild ones that we remember but of course knowing that we get to share and be together is the best of all.

Lil Red said...

Wow, that's a Thanksgiving Love Story. I love it! Thanks for sharing...and for the reminder.

Enjoy the rest of the season, Chica!!

Akelamalu said...

What a fabulous thing to happen - I'm sure it made your day, and his. :)

Barbara said...

Not sure how I found your blog but I see some people I know read here! Ok, this is really weird and may freak you out (it freaked me out when I read it here on your blog) but when I was ten years old my cousin committed suicide at my grandmother's house and I remember sitting outside in the car not quite "getting it". No sh*t. What year did this happen to you?

LSL said...

This made me well up with tears. Lovely. For both of you.

Lu' said...

It is important to say and for some of us, difficult.

Slyde said...

beautiful, beautiful, beautiful...

Bond said...

I never hang up the phone with my parents, sister, brother or a few of my closest friends without reminding them that i love them

So nice you got to spend time with this cousin...now keep in touch!