I was prepping for the festivities when I received news of my uncle's passing, followed by yet another uncle a few days later. Two deaths within a week was hard to bear.
Though I know they are in a land that is fairer than day and that we shall meet again on that beautiful shore, but I feel their loss. So for now, I'll dim the lights, bow my head and say a prayer.
Let not my mood dampen yours though. I wish you a joyous time with family and friends. If there's anything that this time of grief has taught me, it's time is short and every moment we have together is a moment to cherish.
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