Tuesday night we lost my uncle Steve. Uncle Steve was my step-dad’s older brother. He was a fun, friendly, and down-to-earth guy who was passionate about family, friends and life in general. He was a small business owner (landscaping and tree removal) who made friends everywhere he went. My step-sisters and I have been told that Uncle Steve had a bit of a, “bad boy” image back in the day, but you’d never know that from the way he treated his nieces.
When my sisters and I were in high school Uncle Steve was a huge cheerleader for us. He always told us how smart and beautiful we are and was ready to fend off the boys with
big stick gun. When we came home from college and grad school he told us how proud he was that we were off “getting smart” and made us tell stories about the, “big city”. He was protective of us in a fatherly way, and always told us we could be whatever we wanted to be. His trademark saying… “Go give em hell!”
Uncle Steve was diagnosed with Leukemia one week ago. He had a strange rash but no other symptoms. When he went to his doctor, the MD took some blood and told him he had cancer. We were told, “If you’re going to have cancer, Leukemia is the best one to have…it’s very treatable if you catch it early”. Unfortunately it was not caught early. We found out the next day that it had spread to his bone marrow. The doctors initially thought he’d have a year to live, the next day he was told 2 months, and two days later he passed.
What does this all mean? I’m not really sure yet because it doesn’t really feel real yet. But I did want to write a tribute to him, because he was such a beautiful person. I also wanted to reflect a little bit on how precious life is and how grateful I am for friends, family and good health. Three things that cannot be bought and but have immeasurable emotional and spiritual worth.
You can have all the money in the world, but it can’t buy love.
You can have all the money in the world, but it can’t buy good health.
You can have all the money in the world, but can’t buy supportive friends and family.
So wherever you are today, I wish you peace, love, health and happiness! And if you’re missing one of those things, start pursuing it today. Life is too short to accumulate “stuff”. I’m going to focus on accumulating memories.