Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Surprise....

...today, but not the good kind.

My cousin M messaged me on MSN in the last 30 minutes of work and within a minute of that, his brother D messaged me as well, which was lovely and unexpected, particularly as they are 6 hours ahead in Amsterdam. They didn't have good news to share.

My grandfather died today in Shenzhen and I don't know what to feel. They had both received a call from my uncle just 30 minutes before messaging me and as I hadn't heard from my mother, I didn't know if she knew yet. I called my sister to find out if she had heard anything but Mom hadn't called her, and I didn't want to call while I was still at work in case Mom was crying because I'd probably start crying too.

So I packed up, left work and called home as soon as I was out of the elevator....but no answer. I kept calling and when my mother finally reached me, she was seemingly calm and matter-of-fact...she was going to leave for Hong Kong this Friday and is leaving as scheduled, but instead of celebrating a homecoming, she'll be preparing for a funeral.

I'm sad that my grandfather won't be there when we go for our family trip next month. It's now too late for Piglet to meet her great-grandfather, not that she would likely remember, but at least she'd have the photos...if I think about it, I think I'll cry...and I don't think I want to cry right now.

5 comments:

Mo said...

Sorry to hear about your grandfather.

The Lone Beader said...

Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear that.... :(

Wanderluster said...

So sorry about your loss phoenix. I lost my grandmother last month too and my dad had to fly home for the funeral. At least you have memories you can pass on to Piglet.

sidewise said...

I'm sorry to hear about your grandfather...

phoenix said...

Thank you all for your kind thoughts.

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