You Just Don’t Know

On my drive home from Augusta this morning I got a text from my mother that my cousin Steve had passed away. Steve was my mother’s middle sister Susan’s youngest son. As the oldest child of the oldest child my first cousins on my mother’s side are all much younger than I am. I was a teenager when Steve came along.

Sadly Steve led a hard life. His demons were constantly present. I saw him at his mother’s memorial service five years ago and he was in a fairly good place. Then at another cousin’s wedding where we found out he was getting married too and having a baby. I was hopeful for that baby and sadly now Steve has left him and his very young wife, Amanda.

My Cousins, Jim and Steve, my Aunt Eddie and Steve’s now wife Amanda

My uncle Hank has memory issues and so my cousin Jim, Steve’s older brother, has a lot on his plate. I am just so sad for him and pray for them all. You just don’t know how much time you have. Try and not leave anyone without telling them how much they mean to you.

2 Comments on “You Just Don’t Know”

  1. Susan Ketch says:

    I am so sorry Dana. A sudden loss can be so devastating. I hope your cousin’s wife can find comfort and peace.

  2. ellenpunderwood says:

    Very sad. I remember meeting Jim when I visited Danville about a year ago. I sat next to Jim at a restaurant. Jim was really nice, so I am sure Steve was the same. Prayers for the family.

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