| "My Grandpa died this February, after being sick for a long period. He used to get sick, and everybody, the doctors, the family and himself never thought, or hoped, he would survive. But he pullet through every time.
This February I once again got the message that he was sick. I study in another country, so I didn't know if I should take a break from school to go and visit. But I decided to do so, and ordered a plane ticket home.
My cousin also studied abroad, but she lived at bit further away. I talked to her, and she said that everybody wanted her to take the late flight home, since the early one was a bit of a pain to reach. I, on the other hand, said that she ought to take the early plane, and so she did.
When I arrived I had a long talk with him, and he managed to speak. I said that I was very fond of him, and you could se that it was difficult for him to hear. Loving words don't come easy in my family.
The next time I came to visit my cousin had just arrived. She was crying because he wasn't able to talk any more. But he was conscious, and he had reacted when she told him that she had gotten her first boyfriend.
I started making lunch, and he died while most of his family was sitting ten meters away and eating together. I never got to see him the last time, but I took care of the people he loved. And I got to tell him that he was loved, for the first time in my life.
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- In America, the average life span for males is 72.5 years
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