A Death in the Family

There are  a handful of people who, by my knowing them, have made life so much sweeter.

My 7th grade language arts teacher, challenged me to reach beyond my abilities and compete in the school spelling bee.

A former boss who gave me not one but two breaks in the work world.

Friends who taught me how to be supportive of others by example when they were by their being supportive of me.

And then there was my uncle Ragnal.

dad and ragnal
This was taken the last time I saw my uncle Ragnal. 

Uncle Ragnal was a tall, soft-spoken man who, nonetheless, knew how to get your attention when your attention needed getting.

I remember the funny stories he told in monotone that made them that much funnier.

He sent me funny cards in the mail after I sent him the first. I thought I was helping him at a low point in his life, but actually he helped me.

And Uncle Ragnal gave me a gentle kick in the ass a couple of times when I really needed it. There are few people in the world who will care enough about you to do that for you; treasure them.

My Uncle Ragnal died this week. I feel incredibly sad because I’ll never again have the chance to laugh at him, or feel the sting of his gentle rebuke.

Rest in peace, Uncle Ragnal. 

29 thoughts on “A Death in the Family

  1. I am so sorry for your loss. May the memories of all your happy times together comfort you during this time.

  2. So sorry to hear that this dear soul has left this life but he will still be watching over you and he will still make you laugh and pull you up sharp if needed.xxx

  3. So sorry to hear of your loss…. Uncle Ragnal is now your Angel watching out for you from above ❤

  4. I’m very sorry for your loss, Jen….your uncle Ragnal looked so gentle… we can tell from his picture….I lost my precious aunt two month ago….I know that human don’t live forever but still feel very sad…..Please rest in peace Uncle Ragnal.

  5. I am deeply saddened my your loss. I had this concept when I was a kid that people live forever than I loss my dad and I realized that it wasn’t true so we needed to hold on to the dreams they the instill in us and carry us through. Your Uncle Ragnal sounds like a wonderful man who knew when you needed that kick in the pants and when to give you a hug that is a wonderful aspect to have cherish your memories. RIP Uncle Ragnal

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