Lost and Alone

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Memoir  |  House: Booksie Classic

Do you remember a day where you sat in your room, all alone, curled into a ball, and thought to yourself, Nothing will ever be the same, and you believed it. And there was a hole in your heart that used to be filled by someone who was never coming back.

That was how I felt 8 years ago. If you want to know, I'll tell you what happened.


October 2nd, 2012

It was a school day like any other. My mom said we'd visit my grandpa in the hospital when we got home, he's been really sick for a long time now. Today my aunt would be driving me, my brother, and my cousin to our house. Mrs. Aerni is our 1st grade teacher. We just moved to Nebraska from Germany, so I don't really have any friends. I know some of their names though, like Ezra, or Wyatt, or Sophia, or Callie. They all seem nice. 

. .

At the end of the day I hop in my aunt's van, and we ride home. But when we get to the house, mom is crying. "Papa died." She says. That's when we all start to cry. 



Most of the rest is a blur now. Black dresses at a funeral, people come up to talk on a podium, talk about how they remembered him, things they never want to forget. I wish I had been old enough to remember more, I hardly have any memories of him now.  After the funeral I ask mom how he died. I know he had lung cancer. But how did he die, when he died? She never said anything. I don't ask anymore.  That's why I'll never use a cigarette as long as I live. 



Author's Note

Yes, this is a true story, October 2nd, 2012, was the day he died. I was in first grade when it happened, we moved back to the United States because my mom heard that he was dying. We were in Germany because that was where the Air Force had stationed us. Daniel and I were excited, but we didn't know why we were moving. 

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Submitted: November 16, 2020

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Ann Sepino

I know this is a few years late, but condolence to your family. As someone who has also lost a relative to cancer, I know firsthand how hard it can be. Hoping your days are much brighter now. :)

Wed, November 25th, 2020 1:32pm

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