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    A year of firsts.

    A year of firsts, first Birthday, first Thanksgiving, first Christmas, first New Years, it will go on and on, waiting for that phone call mom saying Happy New Year's kiddo. It's been a bad year for losing people, I don't recall a year where we have lost so many in one year so I'm going to make a few calls today, letting people know I'm thinking of them. There are days the loss sinks in that you will never hear that personal rendition of Happy Birthday and me saying you don't have to sing. What was I thinking???? I wasn't. She laughed. So many gone. Knowing some are going this year, another cousin with cancer I didn't expect her to make it to Christmas, she is in hospice. Probably the 1st funeral of the year. Maybe the last Aunt and Uncle of my husband, both in their mid 90's, probably his only brother, known his side since the early 80s, wow time moves quickly, I was 19, was I once 19? I met his parents when they were younger then I am right now. If there is someone you haven't talked to in a while take today to give them a call, let nothing go unsaid, let no grievance go unhealed, be the bigger person, say you are sorry first if they hang up you tried but don't say "I wish". If wishes were fishes.
    Keep your hands to yourself, leave other people's things alone, and be kind to one another.

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    I made it through the year of firsts, I was talking to a friend who lost her husband a month before my mom passed telling her I am so glad this first year is over and she told me yes now it's 2 years since...… I thought great, Thanks. People cope differently to loss, it doesn't matter how old they were, I remember hearing she lived a good long life, I remember saying that I also know I won't say that again, it doesn't matter how long they were sick, I remember hearing my friend acknowledge her husband was no longer in pain, I'm not sure that helped her very much. I think I'm going to stick with I'm very sorry for your loss and say something nice, like I really enjoyed working with them, or a great sense of humor or how kind they were. What do you say?
    Keep your hands to yourself, leave other people's things alone, and be kind to one another.

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