I didn’t really know what to call this post – ‘Life’s a bitch, then you die’ would have been quite apt. I got one of those early morning phone calls. Mum called while I was in the shower and JJ said she would ring back so I knew it wasn’t anything major to do with her. There’s another reason that she wouldn’t be ringing me today and that’s because it’s her birthday and you’re supposed to receive calls on your birthday, not make them. So while I was in the shower all the worst thoughts were going through my head.
Mum rang back just as I finished drying off and started by saying that it was bad news. She was right. My cousin was killed in a car accident. If you’re a regular reader of this blog you’ll know that I already lost a cousin around this time last year in a car accident. He had a head on with another car and died. This time, my cousin – the other cousin’s half brother – hit a tree and was killed. His brother-in-law found him early this morning. I’ve taken the day off work because I still can’t believe it and know that I wouldn’t be able to function at work.
His mum and dad had been away for the weekend ‘celebrating’ the other cousin’s birthday and now they have to face going back home to another dead son. I can’t even begin to imagine how they are feeling. Distraught would be an understatement. And this cousin leaves behind a wife and three children.
So, mum, sorry your 67th birthday will be a bit shitful, but at least we celebrated the other night.
Oh no, Jen. How devastating for you and your family. I have no words except offering my thoughts and prayers for you all.
Babyamore (Trish) says
I am sorry for the loss of your cousin – what tragic news . My heart goes out to your family and his own wife and children.
My husband’s uncle aged in late 80’s passed away yesterday but he had a good long life and it was his time.He was in nursing home and not in good health. When it a young man and a father …
Words fail me – like you said life is a bitch.
The laws of life, if there are any (and even those who believe in God sometimes wonder), indicate that children outlive parents. To lose two is just dreadful. My prayers are with you and your extended family.
Oh Jen, I’m so sorry to hear that.
((hugs)) and thoughts for you and yours at this sad time.
Leah Maclean says
Consider yourself hugged again Jen. My thoughts are with you and your family. It is times like this that make us all appreciate those we love that little bit more.
Jen, so sorry to hear this sad news – my thoughts are with you. Take care of yourself…