Death and Taxes

I was feeling pretty good today. I figured out how to create Excel sheets and I did my taxes. Well, I prepped them as far as I can. Which is to say, I’m missing a few things and waiting for them to come in, but I’ve done all I can do at this point. This makes me happy, particularly since I don’t usually do this. My husband does. I help, but he organizes. This year it’s all me. It took most of the day, but I didn’t have a headache after. Go me.

And then I got a call. My uncle has died. I haven’t seen him in awhile, but I’ve always liked him, on top of loving him. He taught me to do the Billy Idol sneer lip when I was a kid. Not that it had anything to do with Billy Idol. He was a superior court judge in California and when he found out that my cousin Albert was the first man electrocuted in the California electric chair, my uncle framed the news story and went to Folsom prison to get all the info and framed that too and hung it all in his judge’s chambers. Yeah, I come from that sort of stock. (we didn’t know about cousin Albert at all, that he even existed).

This is sad, and yet there is a silver lining. My uncle’s had prostate cancer. They thought it wasn’t anything bad, but then it got worse and he’s had a lot of nasty associated issues. He was just diagnosed with a very aggressive cancer, and was going to see the oncologist next week. But he had a fall in the bathroom last night and hit his head. He apparently died very quickly, no pain. He probably had a heart attack.

This makes my parents the last of their siblings. The last two standing.

So tonight I raise a glass to my uncle, wish him peace and painlessness, and blessings on him and all who love him.


  • Douglas Meeks

    After watching people go through months (years) of cancer treatments and still lose the battle, it may well have been a silver lining as you say. I would hope to be as lucky if it were me ….

  • Adrianne

    I’m sorry for your loss. Death is always traumatic. But having watched two parents lose long running battles last year, I know I would choose a quick death.

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