I'm Going to Miss You, Cuz
Hugging my dad in this picture is my cousin, by marriage, B. She died today after suffering a stroke early this morning. The man on the left is my cousin, L, B's husband. They are probably some of the closest relations I have on that side of the family. We kept in touch exchanging emails from time to time. Her family often came to visit when I was a kid. Their children (my second cousins) were all around my age. When I was in high school, my BFF and I went to visit my cousins in Utah and spent a few days with their family then.
This is my aunt and her kids at my parents' 50th wedding anniversary in 2007. B is on the far right in the black with white blouse. The tall guy on the left is another cousin by marriage. He died last year of cancer. Another cousin's wife died a year or two ago. Lots of losses on this side of my family. So sad, too. I'm distraught to say the least. I've been blessed not to lose too many people that I've loved, so it is hard to handle. I've been thinking I needed a good cry lately, but this was not how I hoped to achieve it.
RIP B. The world suffers the loss of a fabulous woman.