This is my professional blog, and I really do try to keep the posts on here professional. But sometimes the personal and the professional overlap, and tonight I am not blogging about education … at least not directly so. Tonight, I am grieving the loss of my uncle. He passed away this evening after a brief illness and a number of complications. I knew that this was coming, but it doesn’t make it any easier.
My Uncle Benny was a wonderful, kind-hearted man that always made me laugh. He was almost like a big kid. He’s been teaching overseas for years now, and I never saw him often, but any time I did see him or any time we spoke, he never failed to make me feel special. Benny was a teacher — a terrific teacher — that always put kids first. When he was a boy, he used every excuse imaginable to get out of going to school. He even trained his dog to follow him to Hebrew School every Saturday, so that he would have to walk him back home again. That was Benny. As he got older though, Benny came to love education and love teaching, and the students loved him as well.
Tonight, my sister and I lost an uncle, my mom and her older brother lost their younger brother, my grandmother lost her youngest son, my aunt lost her husband, and my cousin lost her dad (mere months before she’s supposed to get married). Tonight, we’re all grieving, and we’re all hoping that Benny really is in a better place now. I’m trying to think back to the last time that I saw my Uncle Benny: it was at my sister’s wedding over 5 years ago. I know that I took the time before we left to hug him and to tell him that I love him, and I hope that he knows that I really, really do!