Too Short (You still look like an angel)

CONTRIBUTOR: Raven Akashiya

Growing up I always heard make the most of life. To never take anything for granted and never go to bed angry at a loved one. Yesterday to my shock those words rang in my head as I looked at an obituary that brought me to tears.

I remember the days of my youth clearly when it comes down to her. The sheer joy in her voice when she would see my mother and the huge bear hugs they would share. The girl I knew as “my friend with the pretty hair” is her daughter. I can ever remember when the chemotherapy stole her hair for the first time; I can remember whispering to my Nana, “She still looks like an angel”. These memories ran through my mind as I spoke to my mother. This wonderful lady who always had a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye, is now gone.

As I spoke to my mother I felt the same heartbreak and realized that this had happened to me in August 2013. The same sudden shock and extreme disgust in myself. I had lost my uncle suddenly, now my cousin. I never made any effort to talk to them while they were alive. For that I know I will feel the pain of anger, not towards them but for myself.

Life is too damn short to think that there will be a tomorrow! If I could turn back time I would tell her I love her and give her the biggest hug I could muster.

Rest In Peace Sue… You still look like an angel

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