Saturday, February 12, 2011

My Uncle Rick Huskey, gone 9 years ago today

Today is the 9th anniversary of the hardest thing I have ever dealt with in my life.  My Uncle Rick lost his fight against ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease.  I have written about ALS before, this post is about him.  As a family you are helpless against this disease.  Seeing what he went through broke the entire family's heart.  There is not a single day that passes in which I do not think of him.  The world was a better place when he was here and those who had the privilege of knowing him are better people because of it.

People always say when they lose a loved one, "I wish I could have just another day with them".  I know that would not be enough for me.  So instead, I am going to write him a letter.  Kinda like he just away and it is going to be awhile till I get to see him again.

Uncle Rick,

It has been 9 years now since you left.  I can't believe it has been that long.  It feels like yesterday.  I am glad you are up and walking around now and all the suffering has stopped.  No, they are not any closer in finding a cure, maybe someday.

Everybody is doing real well here.  My Mom and Dad are as rotten as ever.  Big Don is still a nut.  Gayla is great.  Denny is going in the USMC.  I have added two more little girls to the family since you left.  Their names are Madison and Marli.  They are quite the pair.  You would get a kick out of them.  I know they would love you.  I will tell them all about you.  They will miss a lot by not getting to know you.

I still laugh about the things we did together.  When I caught my 1st fish, you were the one who took me fishing.  I thought you wanted to steal my fish because you kept asking if I wanted to keep it.  I didn't know it was because it was not much bigger than a minnow.  I still like to play Blackjack, just like you taught me when I was about 6 and you and Aunt Rhonda were babysitting me.  The trips, the parties, there are so many good times.  I will never look at a bottle of Drambuie the same!

We all miss you.  We talk about you all of the time.  I will admit the Holidays have never been quite the same for us.  I will say that whoever said it gets easier in time, well they lied.  It doesn't.  It hurts just as bad right now as it did when you left.

There are so many things I would like to tell you about.  But, the main thing I wanted to let you know is thank you for being my uncle, thanks for all of things you ever did for me and most of all is that I sure miss you and I love you with all of my heart.

Well take care of yourself and I will talk to you again soon.  Oh, and say hi to my Grandpas for me.

Love your nephew,


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