I just got a call that my aunt Shirley died last night. She was my mom's sister. So I will be traveling to Kansas City to be with family this week.
I don't know if this happens in other families, but there is a tendency for life events to be clumped around the same dates in my family. Mom died Dec. 24 five years ago. Shirley died Dec. 26. Mom's favorite aunt died at the age of 101 on New Year's day 2000, just a few days after Mom died.
It happens on my Dad's side, too. He died on Aug. 23, 1976. His sister died on Aug. 26, 1978.
My Mom's dad died on Jan. 16, my uncle's birthday. My cousin's birthday is Jan. 15.
Oh, I also had a great uncle who died on Thanksgiving.
It just seems odd to me that there are all these coincidences. And it makes holidays difficult. We go on, but it's not the same.
I'm not sure when I'll be back but I will sure miss reading all my friends' blogs this week. See you when I can, and everyone take care.
I guess I dare not wish you a Happy New Year... but my best thoughts are with you all.