“Hello. I wanted to let you know that my Mom was killed in the Waukesha parade yesterday.”
My aunt. My late father’s last surviving sibling. She was one of three Dancing Grannies (and three others) who were killed by a driver in a holiday parade in Wisconsin on November 21.
Death can come at any moment. I am grateful she didn’t suffer. I am grateful that she died doing something she loved with people she loved. I am grateful that I was able to reconnect and spend time with her a few years ago.
And I am devastated.
I was always going to take my family to see her in Wisconsin. I was always going to be better about staying in touch.
And now I am heading to a funeral.
Relationships are the most important thing we have in this life. Stay close to the people you care about. Let them know every chance you get.
Aunt Lee, I love you.