Dear David

In honor of my cousin who recently passed

Dear David,
It had been awhile. You know how it is, with a family like ours.
It’s hard to get everyone together at once.
That’s probably my biggest regret, how long it’d been since we saw each other last.
Honestly, it’s hard for me to write a letter like this. I remember after a friend of mine died, the grief counselor recommended you write a letter to the person.
Well, you guessed it, I’m not a religious man so the exercise seemed kinda pointless to me, but I gave it a shot then and it doesn’t hurt to try again, right?
I guess the main thing I wanted to say was thank you.
It’s always disheartening that such terrible things hafta happen to bring out the good in people, but it’s always amazing to me when they do.
My mom? When she called to tell me the news, I knew it wasn’t good cuz I could hear her sniffling. 25 years old and I’d never seen or even heard my mother cry. We were always one of those Ordinary People emotionally repressed kinda families and it worked for us.
Later that night, I saw my brother was calling. Again, not close, but mainly cuz we don’t know how to talk to each other, not some childhood resentment or anything.
When I picked up the phone, he simply told me, “I just heard the news about David and I wanted to tell you while I still can that I love and care about you.”
I was taken aback. This is the same guy who used to pin me down with his knees and twist my nipples til I was almost in tears.
Honestly, I didn’t really know what to say, so I tried saying it back.
Like I said, not a big fan of feelings or talking about them, so the word “love” kinda caught in my throat, but eventually, I got it.
I’m so sorry that you’re no longer with us, but what you were able to accomplish for those you left behind in your death?
It’s nothing short of a miracle, so thank you for that.
Sincerely,
Calhoun

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