Tribute to Uncle Ray
by Kayleigh Grian
Growing up I had a favorite Aunt and Uncle and even though I didn’t get to see them very often, when I did they made sure to spoil me rotten. I was a military brat so most of my life was spent on the other side of the world from them, but they always made sure to remind me that they loved me. No matter how far away we lived, I would get post cards, letters, cards, etc every few months with little notes. But to me, these were precious treasures. Sure my other family members would send Christmas and Birthday cards, but for the most part that was it. Not the Just Because cards I’d get from Aunt Lynn and Uncle Ray.
Whenever we got to visit they always went out of their way to make me feel special, and looking back they were some of my best memories. As I got older I started to realize just how much Uncle Ray looked like a young version of Santa Claus. He had the ruby red cheeks, the beard (though at the time it was much darker than Santa’s) and the jolly belly to match. To this day when I picture him, that is what I see, Santa before he became Santa 🙂
A few years ago Uncle Ray was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and this past May he passed away. I remember getting the call like it was yesterday. My family and I were out celebrating my birthday and it quickly turned the mood. For months before hand I kept saying that I wanted to go down there one last time to visit, if only I could get the gas money saved up or the time off from work. But I never made that trip. Something always came up and I’d spend the savings I put aside, or my vacation would get cancelled. Now I can’t help but regret that I let life get in the way of seeing him one more time, of thanking him for making so many childhood memories special.
I’m so thankful now that I hung onto those cards and letters, and even some of the pictures the family insisted I be in (I’ve always hated being in front of the camera). Every now and then I pull them out as a reminder, never take tomorrow for granted. Make sure to tell your loved ones how you feel every time you get the chance, you never know when it will be the last. Don’t let yourself wonder if there were things left unsaid.
Uncle Ray, you are deeply missed.
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Sage, were separated to keep them safe. That was 22 years ago. Now, just before
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About Kayleigh Grian
her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Computer
Forensics and Security. She also works full time as a police dispatcher.
poetry. She is working on several projects including her first novel and a
collection of short stories. Kayleigh enjoys reading as much as she does
writing and will often go through a few books a week when she doesn’t have a
ton of homework to do.