Personal Narrative Essay

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As I walked through the gigantic pearl colored doors, I couldn't help but be petrified. I had never gone through anything like this before, therefore, I didn't know what to expect. As I peered inside I saw an abundance of relatives scattered throughout the lobby. Some of them were hugging one another, while others engaged themselves in conversation. As I heard some begin to reminisce, tears formed in my eyes. I quickly blinked them away as my dad's words filled my mind: "You have to be strong." These five simple words seemed to be all I was hearing lately. "How does one be strong at a time like this?," I pondered to myself, especially when all that they can think about is what they should've done? But you see, regrets are just about the last thing on your mind as a child; at least they were for me.I grew up in a small neighborhood, just a few blocks from my Aunt Marie and Uncle Al. For as far back as I could remember my Aunt Marie had been on an oxygen tank. I know I had seen her before she was put on to it, but I was so young that the memories are too vague to remember. She was always such a sweet woman who loved my company. From as young as four until about as old as eleven I remember visiting her everyday. Whether it was for fifteen minutes just to stop in and say hi or a few hours to hang out and talk, I was there.As my twelfth birthday came and went, my life as I knew it changed drastically. My parents decided to split up, and I knew it was for the best. In doing this I was eventually forced to move from my home I grew up in to North Buffalo. This move made my usual trips to visit her very difficult. I tried my best to still stop by once in a while, but as more time passed, I gradually stopped going all together.Since the last time I visited her, I completely lost touch with she and my uncle. The worst part about my neglect to stay in contact with her was that I never thought twice about it, until this past Christmas Eve. I became so caught up in my own life that sadly, I never realized just how truly sick she had became. That is, until my Uncle called this past year. He sadly sobbed as he informed my family that my Aunt had passed away. When I heard the news, it felt as though a hole had formed within my heart. My Aunt had died and I hadn't even known...

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