Holidays By The Sea

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic


This one's about my uncle. As he lies on the daycare bed receiving chemotherapy, I write this, remembering the beautiful times our family had when he was healthy and fit.

Submitted: December 22, 2017

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Sunlight streams in through the windows, Uncle lies on the recliner bed, hooked to bottles with big labels. He's lost weight- a lot of it, And looks as fragile as I would as a febrile child. He would come visit me back then, Tell me stories, bring me my favorite sweets. He would tell me of the world, its people, our history. He would teach me so many things and also to travel. He would plan all of our family's holidays, Sometimes to the grandeur of the sea, sometimes to snow capped mountains. My favorite holiday was the one by the sea, I would frolic in the waves, make castles of sand. Uncle would adore my childish creativity, He would laugh with me like a child himself. That laugh oozed happiness, confidence and strength. It made me feel secure, loved, privileged. He laughs even today but his laughs are only a shadow of their former selves. Yet I recognise the old affection and protectiveness in them. Cancer is wrecking his body, tormenting his life. But his soul will not give in, his optimism won't die. I look at him with sad eyes sometimes. And he tells me I'll have a wonderful future. He reminds me of the happy junctures in my past. His smile brings back the memories, The warmth of the sunshine, The vivaciousness of the waves, Our footsteps on the sand, The numerous colourful shells I collected, Memories of the six happy faces in our family, Memories of my happy childhood, Memories of our beautiful, gleeful, timeless holidays by the sea.


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