**** FREE FOR ALL FRIDAY ****

I don’t normally do this, but today I need to post something really personal. I am only posting this to my blog because I just needed to get it off my mind so that I can concentrate on work. I know that it won’t clear it from my mind, but I needed to get the thoughts out of my head today.

We were informed on Tuesday night that a cousin, Jimmy, passed in his sleep.He had a heart attack. The issue I am having with this is that he was only 33 years old. He was a young man who had so much going for him. He had a rough start, but he had come around and had made good choices in his life. He had a beautiful little girl who was the apple of his eye. His mother is my husbands cousin. We spent Thanksgiving together when our kids were young and the tradition was carried on. Up until the past couple of years, we were still celebrating Thanksgiving together. He was one year older than my oldest child. He had one of those smiles that lit up his face when he genuinely smiled at you. He had those smiles of recognition where they didn’t reach his eyes, but when he was truly happy and enjoying life, his face just lit up when he smiled. He had a heart of gold and was such a sweet little boy, and grew up to be a sweet young man.

I can remember during Thanksgiving when his mother would stress so because he was such an active little boy. He was a hyper little boy and his mother always worried too much some times that he was  being loud and rambunctious, but he was never doing anything wrong. She is a wonderful mother. Jimmy always held a special place in my heart because he was such a sweetheart, and always seemed to be happy. He was a handsome young man, a great father, a hard worker, and a special young man. I hope that he is with his grandmother, niece, and other family members that left before him and looking down on his daughter, sister, mother, and anyone else that he loves.

Please remember to tell the ones you love that you love them, keep in mind that life is too short to hold grudges, be mean or angry with people. Enjoy the life you have and spend as much time as you can doing what you want.

RIP Jimmy, you will be missed by many. You were a loved young man who made a difference in many lives. Love you Jim.

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