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Jessica Oliver March 21, 2019 RWS305W Professor Anaya The Breaking Point My father, Aunt Cindy, and I arrived in Union, Oregon at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 30th. As we slowly pulled into my grandfather’s driveway, I was hit by an overpowering wave of anxiety. My mother, who had spent the previous two weeks at Grandpa’s house, patiently stood outside the door waiting for us. She looked exhausted; her eyes were swollen and red from crying. My mom looked at me, sensing my fear, and calmly urged, “You should come in. It just looks like he’s sleeping. We’re all sitting and talking with him.” I hugged her tight, and we walked into the quiet house hand in hand. The house felt different. Like a hospital, the smell of various medications lingered in the air. Grandpa’s heavy breathing silenced the rest of the room, and the devastated faces of my relatives illustrated their pain. Tears filled my eyes as I turned the corner to find my beloved grandfather lying on a hospital bed in the middle of his living room. Trying to fight the tears, I hesitantly sat on the couch next to him. My aunts and uncles talked somberly as we stared at my withering grandfather. Uncle Ritch sat next to Grandpa, tightly holding his hand and reliving his favorite memories with his dad. My grandpa’s wife desperately lay in the small bed with him, never wanting to let go. Realizing I would never see my grandpa again made the seed of guilt grow like a weed in the pit of my stomach. I hated myself for losing my close connection with
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