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.