"I've been able to see them ever since my first year here. They've always pulled the carriages. Don't worry. You're just as sane as I am."- Luna Lovegood
For my fellow Potterheads, you know the above drawing is of a Thestral, an exquisite winged horse that could only be seen by those who have seen death. Such haunting truth. Unlike anything else, experiencing death of a loved one just never gets easier, no matter how many times it happens. Once you've experienced death, you see the world so differently. Cliche as it is, it really puts things into perspective.
Don't take people for granted, they will not always be there. Why is that such a hard lesson to learn? Pick up the phone and call them, make plans if you really mean it, let them know that they're loved and not alone. These are small gestures but could mean a world of difference. In the end, knowing that they knew feels so much better than hoping that they knew.
Uncle Ant, family dinners will not be the same without you, your camera and your funny ways. I can't thank you enough for all the laughs, great memories and camping trips that I still tell my friends about to this day.
My dearest Uncle Ant, I love you and I'll always miss you. ♥