We were about to sit down to the fancy dinner I made for just the two of us, since we don't have family nearby enough to be with today when the phone rang. The most terrible news imaginable - my second cousin, Dick, died today.
I have no siblings and on my father's side all I ever had was father, his bachelor brother, and their mother - none alive now. That is, until Dick wrote to me 14 months ago when he found his mother's profile on WikiTree. We bonded - maybe 2nd cousin doesn't sound all that close, but we grew very close very fast. Even though we're 2,500 miles apart, we've visited twice since then and, of course, have been in constant contact by email and phone. I'm devastated now.