‘Uncle Louis has gone home to the Lord at about 2.20am’ that was the sms I received from my eldest brother at 11.08 today. I was stunned. The news was expected as my uncle has been battling cancer for sometime now but to hear the news felt so…foreign. Surreal almost.
It’s 12.12 now. So I’m guessing maybe the shock has not hit me just yet. I was silent. Total opposite from a few seconds before that. We were having kai ma’s (Prof Chois’) class and the mood was light. Jokes and laughter filled the air.
I guess that I will be crying soon.(would that mean it’s wrong that I don’t cry? no, I don’t think so.) Then thinking about all that he has told me. We were not that close in the sense that we call up each others family to chat but we do meet up occasionally. Chinese New Year and family gatherings mostly. He was a lively character.(ironic now.)
He was the one that would accompany Tai Pak (eldest uncle) to go around visiting family in Port Dickson. He had an air about him, an almost care free way of living life. He used to drink like a fish. Still do on occasions with Si Pak. But he cut cold-turkey when he got the news. He had liver cancer. He got healthy, took up wall-climbing even. But he never fully recovered.
I can still remember the last time I met him. It was during Loi Shins wedding last month. He kept pushing me to go overseas. ‘Don’t listen to your mom. But be realistic. Have a well thought out plan. Everyone wants to go overseas. But many don’t think about HOW’ at least that was what I thought he was telling me. He was challenging me and my goals.
He always does that…did…
My condolences goes out to Auntie Catherine, and their daughters Jessica and Victoria. I know that they have gone through a lot as a family….and I hope that they can carry on knowing that Uncle Louis will forever be remembered.
II Corinthians 5:8 ‘…to be absent from the body and present with the Lord’