An abundance of memories flood my mind regarding the fun times I spent with my uncle. Some of the fun times were a little terrifying due to Stevie’s unique sense of humor and mischievous streak. I remember being chased around the house by my uncle who was holding a live snake in his hand (of course it was a harmless black snake). I clung to my cousin’s back as we ran, and at the time it seemed we were running for our lives. My nanny was screaming, “Run! Run!” because my nanny had locked the door so my uncle could not get into the house. The whole time, my uncle was doubled over with laughter. I was scared to death, but deep down, I knew that Uncle Stevie would not have hurt me for the world. I knew that because, along with my uncle’s unique sense of humor, there was a heart of gold, and I knew there was nothing my uncle would not do for me.
Along with the scary times, there were other times I remember from tickling wars, to jumping on the trampoline, to going to the park to play in the water. I also remember one cold, snowy day when we were playing in the snow building an igloo and snowmen. We ended the day by making a fire and drinking hot chocolate as we sat around the fire. My family and I always knew Stevie would be there for us. Uncle Stevie was a man full of life who only wanted to make my family and me happy. ...
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...ing to this friend, who was also a free spirit and full of life, helped to ease some of the grief we were all experiencing.
Our family friend showed us that we should not have been thinking about how my uncle was no longer with us, but remembering the wonderful life my uncle had lived. We started reminiscing about all the good times and the crazy stunts my uncle had pulled. Little by little, the overwhelming grief dissipated, if only for a while. We knew the pain would not completely disappear, but with time, our lives would continue, and we needed to celebrate my uncle, and not become consumed with grief.
Through this experience, I came to realize family is everything. I learned life is too short, and we should never take life for granted. Uncle Stevie showed me the true meaning of a happy, content life and that family is where the heart is.
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