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A second chance dream

Published: Friday, May 2, 2014 11:19 a.m. CDT

I had the strangest dream this week:

It was current day, today, rainy, but I was at a hospital and my grandpa was dying. He passed away when I was in ninth grade, so it was strange to have to face this memory again.

It seemed as if my whole night spent dreaming was centered around his nearing death, planning a funeral and saying goodbye.

The most vivid part of the dream was when I had the chance to tell him everything I wanted to tell him that I never had the opportunity to do before.

He was laying in his hospital bed and everyone had been in and out of his room. In my dream, at this moment, it was just he and I alone. He was ill but awake and alert.

I got the opportunity to tell him how important he was to me, how much I valued our time together and how much I loved him.

When I was in middle school, he got me a bike at the old bicyle store. We got it registerd at City Hall and I rode it from my mom’s house to his house. I got to tell him how thankful I was for that bike that I still use today.

Whether it was pancakes, goulash or apple tournovers, we loved to cook together. I got to tell him there’s nobody else in the world I’d rather cook with today than with him.

I got to tell him thanks for all the lessons he taught me about patience, respect and hard work.

It was the best dream I’ve had in a long time.

When I was fourteen, I was sad about the passing of my grandfather and I felt bad for my mom, aunts and uncles, but I didn’t understand the importance he had in my life at the time. I was young, not as mature as I am now and not as expereinced as I am now.

I’m not sure how this rare, vivid dream happened but I think it has to do with the late passing for old friends Cliff and Iva Mae Hummel and bicylces have been crossing my mind a lot lately.

When someone passes in your life, you should spend time to let them know everything you want to say before it’s too late. Make that effort, even if it’s hard for you, especially if it’s hard for you. They deserve the words and you deserve the opportunity.

Some people don’t get that opportunity and that is why you should be thankful for everyone today. Call your friend back who you haven’t talked to in a month, tell your mom how much you love her or ask your dad to lunch.

In memory of my Grandpa Albert Kosmach.

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