This past week I’ve been thrown a pretty major curve ball. This past weekend me and my roommates all decided to go home for the weekend. Sunday when we were headed back I got a phone call from my mom, which I found odd considering I had just left the house an hour ago. All I could comprehend was that she was upset and crying , my sister had to grab the phone and tell me that my aunt had passed away that morning.
To say I was floored would be an understatement. My roommate dropped me off at my aunt’s, which was only 15 minutes away from where we were. She was really supportive about it. I know I must of completely freaked her out, but she tried to keep me calm and understood I needed to be around family as quickly as possible. Fate kinda worked out in our favor, as a few of my cousins (one being the daughter of that said aunt) and two of my other aunts were there and it was nice having them there when the news started to set in.
I was gonna try to come back to school Tuesday and stay till the night of the wake, but after Monday I knew I wasn’t ready. So I ended up staying home for the week. My roommates, teachers, boss, and classmates could not be more supportive. Gillespie announced the date of room checks this week and I got kinda worried since I hadn’t been in my dorm since Friday night. I couldn’t remember how I left it but it definitely wasn’t tip top shape.
But they had my back and made my bed and organized my desk. UC’s faculty have also been very understanding. My mom called the dean of student life to inform her of what happened and she sent out emails to all my teachers and work-study boss. Everybody has been really sweet and understanding and I’ve had classmates reach out to me and offer to help me catch up with some of the things I’ve missed in class when I return next week.
I really really miss her, but deep down past the hurt I know God does everything for a reason and I know I won’t get through this journey without Him. This has also been a lesson of how fragile life is and how big of a blessing a new day with your loved ones is.
“Tomorrow is not a promise, but a chance.”-Rachel Joy Scott