My uncle passed away in April of this year and it is hard to believe it has already been 5 months since the funeral and my trip to Kansas. His birthday is tomorrow and I can't help but reflect on him, his life, and the gift his presence is to me even now. I have no idea how to feel about his birthday, but given I never really celebrated it much during his life I now feel the need to celebrate it following his death. I have a great deal of difficulty keeping up with birthdays as well as just about everything else that is involved in household upkeeping. I think perhaps, as the woman in the relationship, it is often left to me to send cards and remember these special days, but it is funny that (as good as my memory is) I'm awful at actually following through on card sending and gift giving. I guess I'm more of a face to face kind of person. I wish I had been more consistent with cards for extended family members and I'm hoping to improve on this once our mailbox is down a driveway instead of across the apartment complex. Anyway...I'm sure my Uncle knows that even though I didn't send him birthday cards that I loved him and still do. Soo if you read this know that just b/c I didn't send a card doesn't mean I didn't think of you and pray for you.
A toast to my uncle, to his joy in life and his love for others! Rock Chalk Jayhawk!