My Mum wrote this for my blog the other day. I hope you'll like it as much as I do!
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Such is life.
Recently I emptied my postbox, and it contained two extremely different letters:
The one was a birth announcement for a little baby girl named Annika Sophie, with cute fotos and very happy parents.
The other one was quite the opposite, a cousin of mine telling me that her mother Berta had passed away at the age of nearly 103 years!
She was born when in Germany we still had Kaiser Wilhelm, she was already alive in World War I, though a little child, then lost brothers in World War II, her husband was missing for a long time, and all the time she lived in a small village near my hometown, from birth to death.
You can imagine how many people came to the funeral.
I remembered, when I was a child, we often went so see the family, I played with my cousins, my aunt was a good cook and very good host. Later my mother and I visited her from time to time and always got a pretty good cup of coffee and cake or cookie, homemade, of course.
The last 13 years her mind vanished, at last she didn't even recognize her own daughter and son. So sad.
But- such is life, the little baby arrived, and the old aunt died.
When I told my brother, he said: So it makes me thinking, that now we are next. Before, there have been always the older ones "before" us, but now... Well, I don't want to complain, I want to stay around much longer!!! But I will enjoy every good day, and that is what I want to recommend to eveybody.
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I do not remember my great-aunt Berta, but one of her granddaughters. We weren't close but knew each other through school; we did not attend the same family gatherings.
Of course I want my Mum and Dad to stay around for many more years to come, too! And like her, I enjoy every good day - I know very well how sudden our days can end. Thankfully, nearly every day for me is indeed a good day. I am very lucky at that, and I know it.