We went to visit 88 year old uncle Alex today. Uncle Alex is in an assisted living home but we hope he'll be back at Aunt Marie's home in a couple of days.
Uncle alex is a blast from the past. An old farm boy from Michigan and a World War two veteran who never was one to mince words. As we entered his room today and asked how he was doing he said, "Like Hell! I'll tell it like it is. I'm not going to lie to you. Ha ha ha." That's Uncle Alex. Always told it like it is.
I must confess, we have not been in contact with Uncle Alex much in the past few years. But we never forgot him. And it was evident today, he hasn't forgot us.
Aunt Marie and Uncle Alex had a falling out over a decade and a half ago and have lived apart since. There was always some contact between them though. Their Grandkids made it so. And although the Grandkids were not his blood relatives he was the only Grandfather they knew. To them he was Grandpa. Love existed between them.
Uncle Alex is now in need of constant care. His grandkids and Aunt Marie want him back home and he is coming.
There are some who have questioned her and may criticize her for going to him, but Aunt Marie's faith teaches care, compassion, forgiveness and love.
We told Uncle Alex we look forward to seeing him back home again.