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My Visit with Uncle Sonny

On today I had the most awesome visit with my Uncle Sonny. Uncle Sonny got ill and was hospitalized. I went to visit him on my lunch break. Although Uncle Sonny lives about 10 minutes from me, I have not seen him in about 5 years. I've talked to him but not physically seen him. When I thought about how long it has been I felt quiet ashamed.

Uncle Sonny is my dad's brother. He was asleep when I got there and woke up shortly. He had the biggest smile on his face and was so glad to see me. I feared that he may not recognize but he knew exactly who I was. He asked about my husband and daughter and was smiling the whole time. He talked about the time he came over for Christmas and had a big dinner with the family. I promised him that when he got better I would have a cookout and invite him over.

I learned some things about Uncle Sonny that I did not know. I never knew what his occupation was. He told me today that he was a brick layer and a very good hard working on. He said that a lot of young folks didn't like to work these days. He said that back then all he needed was his tools, a raggedy old truck and his skills. I was mentally writing as he was talking. He named some of the buildings where he had laid some bricks. He said he made good money on his job and even more on his side jobs.

I never knew any of these things about Uncle Sonny. I only knew of things that others told me about him. I just never thought to ask Uncle Sonny for his own history.

Uncle Sonny kept smiling the whole time he was talking. I told him to be nice to the staff. (because Uncle Sonny was know for giving the staff a fit). He said that he has gotten too old for drama.

When I was leaving he called me back in the room. He says, sometimes family members get mad at each other, don't talk for a while, but he says that they have to always remember that no matter what happens they will always be relatives. No one can change that. I don;t know how Uncle Sonny knew I needed to hear that today.

I can't wait to see Uncle Sonny again. Today was a great and awesome day.

Regina


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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