Warning: This post is HEAVY.
I know that what is posted on the internet stays somewhere on the internet forever so I try to choose my words remembering that. The last several days have been filled with emotions and memories. My nephew who suffered a gun shot when he was 16 and was made a paraplegic has died this week due to severe infections in his body. He has battled wound infections off and on this last year; spending months at a time in the wound hospital. He lost a leg due to an infection almost ten years ago. And I know all this second hand and I call it "eavesdropping" on facebook.
I have never really known my nephew. He was born when I was in high school. There were a lot of family dynamics that went on. My parent's marriage was dissolving and of course being a teenager I had my own things going on. More family dynamics with sides being chosen when the divorce happened. Families can be complicated. I realize now that ours was a dyfunctional one. Are there really any normal ones? I am so thankful for having married into Hog Man's family. I learned what hugs and kisses were. I learned to say please and thank you and I'm sorry. And that families are important and you have to work at getting along rather than choosing to stay apart over a disagreement.
So my heart is heavy. Even if I didn't really know him I know there are those who are hurting. I know he went through battles. I also know he has fought the good fight and it is now over for him. He has ultimately won! Praise God!