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Aug 07

A death in the family

I got a phone call from Dad this morning while at work. Bad news. One of my grandmothers died sometime during the night in Singapore. My uncle had the terrible experience of discovering her in the morning slumped in an easy chair. The whole family is in shock – she was in good health and relatively young. No one had time to say goodbye.

I called my grandfather this evening. Judging by the background noise on the call, the house was a hive of activity as everyone had gone over to pay their respects and offer their condolences. It was good to hear that and at least I knew my grandfather was receiving support and comfort.

People often ask me how it’s like being an only child. I think the worst thing about it is the lack of people available to support each other if something bad does happen in the family. At least in my parents’ generation, they have 5, 10, even 15 siblings to help them through times like that. So for me, in lieu of brothers or sisters to turn to, I guess that makes my closest friends just that little bit more special.

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