My Dad's youngest sibling (#13) passed away this week. Obituaries bother me, because they are just a few lines and really don't tell the story...just the facts. Here are my recollections about Uncle Mickey.
I remember him from a young age, always reading books (he was a bonafided genius). I especially remember him walking me around to the different shops in Masontown, PA as he babysat me and my sister sometimes while our parents (R.N.'s) worked with my uncle, a physician in his Doctor's office.
Then when I was in high school, I'd visit with him and my Grandma Jo every Sunday and we'd read through a stack of newspapers from around the world and talk international politics.
On visits home from college, we'd spend hours talking about my courses, especially Economics and President Reagan.
As a young adult, we talked mostly politics as I was living in Washington, DC and through the Clinton years we'd talk about how the applications of Reaganomics was unfolding.
In his forties, we had deep discussions about the meaning of life and he endured a quadruple by-pass heart surgery and the doctors explained he had the heart of an eighty year old man. They were referring to it's physical condition, but I thought about it in 80 years of wisdom and intellect.
Uncle Mickey was in so many ways unlike his other siblings, he clearly was a different soul, he loved to have friends around (drank more beer than a sailor), was never afraid to hold one of my newborns, engaged in the activities the kids and I were into and to be honest, I never saw him lose his temper or scream and yell, get loud in a friendly debate... yes, but never in anger (which is saying a lot).
Throughout all my life, he was living, but highly functioning with a mental illness, and this past Sunday, I had played out in my mind the conversation I had planned to have with him on our next visit this weekend. I didn't get that chance as he died just hours after my thought, but I was blessed to be able to pray for his soul, not knowing what was about to happen.
This weekend as we labor to get to picinics, the beach and visits with family, think about the work you do that has far-reaching and long-lasting affects. As we rest from our physical labor, let's kick it up a notch and labor in love and in relationships.
God Bless my Uncle Mickey, to my surprise he was an organ donor and will go onto to bless those he never knew, again God Bless Uncle Mickey.