Thursday, July 20, 2006

Bradley

Tomorrow will be Bradley's 39th birthday. He died on Monday from unknown causes. My cousin, Brad, was 16 years younger than I am so I didn't know him well during our growing up years. Over the last several years we saw each other every 2-3 years at reunions, so I did not know him well. What I did know was that he was kind, easy to talk with, loved food, helped his mom on the farm, wanted to get married but never found the right girl, lived in a small rural community, was close to his family and was much loved. I will miss him. And my heart is filled with sorrow for his mother, his brother and family, his sister, and the rest of the Petersen extended family. One cousin was close in age and very close in friendship to Brad and my heart hurts for him as well. So much sadness.

But at the same time there is gladness. I imagine the reunion of Brad with his father and his older siblings that he never knew in this life - it brings tears to my eyes. Also, Brad will be welcomed by our grandma and grandpa. I look forward so to seeing them again, myself. There will also be Aunt Betty, Aunt Elaine and Aunt Louise. And my own father will be there, too, I am sure. Can you just imagine their joy? Brad, we will miss you until our sojourn on this earth is finished, then we will meet again.

6 comments:

FrogTracks said...

My mother called and left a message about this on my work phone. It is such a shock at just how sudden death can come. I too only remember Brad from family reunions. He had such a warm personality and always had a smile. He was only 3 years older than me. I thought he was at least 4 or 5. I didn't know that he had older siblings that he didn't know. I believe that there are 2 older surviving siblings?

booklogged said...

Frog, Brad's mother had several miscarriages and 2 or 3 stillborn children before giving birth to Matt. She and Dick later adopted Lisa and Bradley. And now to loose Bradley must be very hard for her.

julie said...

This was a shocker! It truly is amazing how fast death can be. It makes one realize how precious life is and how it should be enjoyed and cherished.

Brad is one of the few male cousins whose face AND name I can remember and correctly put together. It's been years since I've seen him. He was always nice to me and I remember him being quiet but smiling.

Barbara said...

Sorry to hear about your cousin's sudden death. Brings back memories of my cousin dying at a young age - 24, many years ago. It was hard to take. I still think of her often. She's been gone 40 years this past Spring.

Alyson said...

Bradley is one of the only cousins (of our mother's) that I can correctly put and face and name with as well. I remember Bradley out harvesting the fields on one of those big tractors. I don't remember talking to him much, but I remember always thinking he was really nice. Interesting what we remember.

Susan Abraham said...

You are so very blessed, Booklogged.
love from me