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My Last Night Being 36

February 27, 2012

Tomorrow is my birthday. I dedicated this year to my aunt who passed away when she was 36.  I challenged myself in new ways and reminded myself that although things were painful, I could do them.  I feel healthier than I was a year ago and want to continue pushing myself to do hard things.

It has been almost 21 years since she passed away and I still cry every year as I remember the weeks visiting her in the hospital, wondering if it would be the last time I would see her.  I’m grateful that I remember her voice, her smile, and her kindness.  She died the day after my birthday and the older I get, the more I cry when I wake up and realize I have another day to spend with my children and hopefully another year.

I’ve caught some glimpses of gray hair, but I’m embracing them.  Bring on the wrinkles too!  I just want to live a long life and meet my grandchildren.  I believe we will all look young after the resurrection, so being gray and wrinkly for 50 years or so isn’t bad at all compared to eternity.

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