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Monday, August 28th 2006

3:22 PM

Life and death moments

Few people know that recently I lost my uncle in a freak accident. He was riding his bike, the chain broke and he flipped over the handlebars hitting his head hard on the pavement. He had a helmet on, but the impact was intense and caused a massive brain injury. I was stunned to hear the news; stunned by the craziness of it.

I have fond memories of many summers spent with my aunt, uncle and cousin. I can remember my uncle’s love for cars and I was fond of his cars, too. I’ve secretly LOVED cars and I think I may have gotten that from him. I wish I had shared that with him.

I can remember when we moved right across the road from them and I’d see my uncle running often. He loved to run and won awards doing it. We moved away years ago and somewhere during that time, he switched to bicycling. His body wouldn’t let him keep running.   

So when my uncle died, he died doing what he loved. I imagine he is now running in heaven free from the things that wouldn’t allow him to run down here anymore. How awesome is that?

Everyone tends to turn reflective when a death has occurred. It strikes a cord in us and makes us evaluate things. It’s a natural response and I think a healthy one. We need reminders that we aren’t immortal. Someday we will die and that someday could be today or tomorrow. It could be next week, next month or next year. It could also be many years in the future. We simply have no idea. That is why we should live this life by making each day count. Embrace each day as a new opportunity to love more deeply.

I honestly had no idea this is where this post was heading so there you go: a reminder about the important things in life.

8 More Meandering Minds.

Posted by Audra Silva:

Thanks, Cathy. It was a very weird accident. It feels good to be updating again. :) On my other blog, I wrote about working through Randy's Snowflake Method. I'm still working through it, but eager to get back to actually writing my novel. I've also got a couple of article ideas I need to focus on. :) I'd love to join the critique group - I'll be in touch. I really wish I could go to the ACFW conference. I told Bob my goal is to go next year. :)
Monday, September 4th 2006 @ 9:26 AM

Posted by Cathy West:

Audra,
What a tragedy for you and your family. So sorry to hear this. You will be in my prayers. It's good to see you updating though. How is your writing coming along? If you are interested in being part of a critique group, email me. I am starting one and we'll begin after the ACFW conference.
Monday, September 4th 2006 @ 7:34 AM

Posted by Audra Silva:

Thank you, Pattie. I have a lot of peace about it. I'll see him again someday. :)
Tuesday, August 29th 2006 @ 11:37 AM

Posted by Pattie:

I'm so sorry for your loss.
Tuesday, August 29th 2006 @ 4:21 AM

Posted by Audra Silva:

It happened about a month ago. This was my mom's brother and she's now the last of her family. She's handling it as best she can - some days are harder than others as grief usually goes. I'm sure she would appreciate prayers as would his wife and son.
Monday, August 28th 2006 @ 8:08 PM

Posted by Gina:

When did this happen??? Was this your dad's brother, or your mom's??
How are they handling it??
I'm so sorry to hear that.
Monday, August 28th 2006 @ 4:09 PM

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