The Sun has Dimmed Today
Sunday, July 17, 2016
A few minutes ago, my eldest sister Mary sent me a message that one of our other sisters, Jenny, died yesterday. I know no more than that. The last time I saw Jenny was in June of 1971 when Mother sent me to live with my dad. Two weeks later, our older brother died saving a boy's life.
In recent years, thanks to social media, I got back in at least minimal touch with the two older sisters and the youngest, but Jenny was never in touch. These are the sisters who have children and spouses I've never met.
I don't know if there will be a service or if I will be able to attend. My desire to mourn my sister and reconnect with my family may be trumped by Mother's desire to continue to keep her distance from me. I will respect that and can mourn separately.
I told Mary that I am ready to contribute to Jenny's memorial, service, costs or whatever. For all the birthdays, Christmases and other special events that I have missed, it is the least I can do.
I am still in shock. My heart is broken, both at the news of Jenny's passing and the sorrow that I will never get to reconnect with her.