Monday, February 12, 2007

Joy is nowhere to be found today...

Such a sad day for our community, and on a personal level, for me.

A 10 year-old boy who lives on the street behind us was killed in a freak accident today (The K-W Record story). Yesterday, he had been at the ice rink at the park by our house when he was hit on the head by a puck. He was declared brain dead today. This boy's father is a business partner of Tom's in Old Quebec Street so, although we don't know this boy well, we do know his parents and feel devastated by their loss. Our whole neighbourhood community seems to have been rocked by this. I spent the evening at my neighbour's house with her and another neighbour just talking and talking. It's so horrible to talk about a 10 year old losing his life so tragically and suddenly. We try to make sense of it, but can't. Give your children an extra hug today and cherish them dearly.


On a more personal level, I also found out about the death of someone I never met in person. I met H on-line in a support group for people with cancer. We have emailed and have spoken on the phone a number of times. I mentioned her in a previous post. Apparently, she died rather suddenly in early January. I don't know the details as I didn't feel comfortable asking her family, but I am greatly saddened by this as well. It brings cancer just a little too close to home right now.

I've edited what follows significantly... deleted one whole paragraph and added another... so some comments may not make sense...

So, there wasn't a lot of joy to be found today. And that's really how it should be. We shouldn't gloss over the pain of losing someone so young. I do pray, however, that one day, Sue and Andrew will able to find joy in the memories of their son. Here's the follow up story.

5 comments:

Tammy and Parker said...

What a great gift from you oldest! It sounds to me that you find great joy in your kids and family.

Sending great hugs your way!

Nicole said...

What a sweet gift from your precious son! I am so sorry for the loss in your community of such a young boy. How sad. And you're right, it just makes no sense! HUGS

Anonymous said...

I will be praying for you, your family and those around you. John V.

Tara Marie said...

So very sad Annette. I always wonder about accidents such as Andrews.....that it must have been his time to go home, but it still does not make the understanding of loosing someone so young easier. I remember your post about your online friend, I'm so sorry to hear of her passing.

Sometimes Joy hides,,,,,waiting for the right moment to lift our hearts and spirits.

Thinking of you.....

all my love, TM

Anonymous said...

Hey, Annette. When I saw the article in the paper, my first thought was that you and Tom must have a connection to the family. Our hearts ache on their behalf, and we hold their family in our prayers.

Sometime back I tried (unsuccessfully) to post a comment (no comments about my technological abilities please). Anyhow, the gist of it is that I continue to think of you each day. If you're ever in Kitchener, come by for tea - any time.

LBF