2. One of my cousins died today, suddenly and unexpectedly. They're still not sure what he died of. Kenny was only in his early/mid 40s, and his youngest daughter is not yet through high school. This is someone I saw about once a month up until I left for college. He was always one of my favorite cousins (well, cousins-in-law, really). He was larger than life, wry and funny, a born story-teller. We had lots of in-joke references to stories Ken had told, because they were worth remembering, not just interesting but also evocative of the people involved.
The past tense is even harder to get a grasp on than usual for a death, here.