My father was an afterthought child- the youngest of 6 children. His first niece was born when he was 4 so this cousin of mine was only 1o years younger than my father. But he was family and I grew up with his children and spent a lot of time at their house.
This is a cousin who has been in a nursing home for the last 3 years since he had surgery for a brain tumor (just one more reason I was so worked up about the possibility of V having a brain tumor). In some ways it is a relief for his family but it is always hard.
Tomorrow will be a long day but then I only have to work three more days before I have 10 days off. I can hardly wait.