Since I recently got married a month ago I have been thinking a lot about my family. The one I currently have to my future family. Now don't get me wrong, I love my wife and living in Alaska, but I do miss my family and friends back home. I miss my parents and my nephews and my niece. I even miss my old job and my former co-workers at Giant Eagle. I am going back home for a visit in May. This is something that means a lot to me and I look forward to this visit with much anticipation. The reason why I have decided to write about family is because I do realize that someday my worst fear is going to come true. Being up here I know that someday I am going to get that telephone call letting me know that something has happened to my parents.
This morning when I woke up there was a text message from my mother letting me know that her cancer has returned. I talked to her later in the day and she told me that her doctors let her know that they caught the cancer early enough and with some chemo treatment the cancer will go back into remission. I am very grateful to hear this news, however it does not alleviate any of my worries. I know that with each passing day I have less time to visit with her and my father. I talk to my parents often on the telephone but it does not take away from not seeing them in person. I urge anyone who does not live near their family to call them often , or even just once and let them know how much you miss them and love them. Family is one of the most important blessings we have in our lives. Once they are gone, what do we have left?