The other day one of my uncles passed away. When my mom told me about it my first thought was… well, okay – he was old and we did not see him very often. So how does this affect me?
I went outside to play.
But then I started thinking… I quite liked that uncle.
He always used to come and visit and produce sweets out of his pocket like magic. Sometimes he pretended he found them in my ear! But more importantly, he talked to me like I was a real person. Not just some dumb little kid. He used to ask me questions about school and what I was doing – it seemed like he cared what the answer was. He listened to me.
I just took that for granted and maybe did not appreciate it enough.
You know, we often take people for granted. We just assume that they are going to be there forever more. And then sometimes… pooof! They are gone.
People pass away. Important people in our lives, people who we care about. And once they are gone, they are gone for good.
We will never, ever see them again in real life. Sure, we can look at photos but it’s not the same, is it. You can’t touch them. Or talk to them.
We won’t be able to hug them. Or ask them questions about special stuff that only they knew about. They are just not here anymore.
But we are just little kids and we are not supposed to worry about stuff like this… are we?
I sat on the swing and thought about my uncle. Realising that he was no longer here anymore made me so sad that I cried a bit. I went inside and gave my mum a hug. I was glad that she was real, and warm… and here.
I think Mum thought I was a little bit crazy – but she hugged me back anyway.
Your uncle will always be with you, she told me. Just think about him – and he will be there in your head and your heart.
So I thought about him and could almost see him. It made me smile.
I guess people really do live on in our hearts forever.
We should appreciate the people around us. We never know when they will be snatched away.