Sunday, September 19, 2010


Yes, I've been a little bummed this weekend.  
I recently blogged about a nine-year-old boy in my county dying in a terrible accident at the orchard his family owns.  I don't really "know" the family, but I've bought apples at their market.  That tragedy is still haunting me.  
Children shouldn't die.  
Saturday morning, I learned by way of Facebook that a local boy died in a horrific automobile accident, a nineteen-year-old who just graduated this past spring.  I won't share his name because I don't want Google bringing people to my blog.  See, I don't know enough about the guy to say anything about him.    
Once again, this is not someone I knew personally.  His mother has taught in our local school, though, for several years.  In fact, she taught one of my granddaughters last year.  It's a small school, so something like this affects the students in a big way.  
The young man didn't do anything out of the ordinary for kids his age:  He went to a party, he drank, and then he headed home without bothering to fasten his seat belt.  I have a hunch that most of our kids have done the same thing at one time or another.  I'd be willing to bet that both of mine did.  
I'm reminded that it's just pure luck if anybody's children make it to adulthood.  I realize, once again, that life isn't fair.  
I grieve with the family of this boy who will never get to live life as an adult.  


  1. Yes, I did. I don't any more. This is a household torn. The girls don't know how to react, and I am crying off and on for a guy I didn't know. I know his mom, though, and I know that she's hurting.

    I'll leave work early on Tuesday to take the girls to the funeral. They are wondering what to do, and all anyone can do is pay respects and let his Mom know that she's loved.

    Buckle up, people. Buckle up.

  2. Oh good, Rachel. It will do them good to go and sign their names on the guest book. I'm glad you're doing that.

  3. That is a terrible tragedy, we recently had a young man die up here from driving his motorcycle recklessly. Tried to pass a car and cut back into the lane to avoid oncoming traffic and lost control and hit a tree. Such a terrible shame to loose young kids at that age.

  4. I'm so sorry to hear of these tragic losses. We lost a dear friend in our church this year to a horrific motorcycle accident when an animal ran out of the woods and in front of their bike. We were a whole church in absolute shock and grief. Her mother I know quite well and she is still grieving.

  5. Every day it seems our news brings stories of some terrible accident and loss of a young life. Having lost a 2 year old grandson I do agree, the young just shouldn't die so soon. But I've learned that we don't get to choose and for some reason God has a plan so I've had to learn the tough lesson of acceptance and it does make one try to live one day at a time and count the blessings each one brings. Never forgetting to tell the ones you love just how much they mean to you. I'd have willingly given my life for his, but that was not to be at all.

  6. I did so many stupid things when I was that age. It's just pure luck I made it to 44.

  7. Anonymous10:30 AM

    Ditto what Russ said.

  8. Yep... Right there with Toon and Mary.

    So sad for the boy's Mom... and my heart goes out to your Granddaughters. It is hard to lose a friend when you are that young.

  9. Lindie6:47 PM

    It's just luck that we made it for sure. No seatbelts and our legs hanging out the windows. I had a bummer of a week last week too. One I slightly knew, a first cousin, once removed, aged 16, died after surgery and 2 other young ones my granddaughter worked with died in the same week. I count my blessings, every day.

  10. Does it seem that everyday we hear of more and more deaths and/or some such sad news??? Or is it that we have more access to all the news?? Either way, it is a tragedy to hear of the young very sad. A sweet lady I went to school with lost her 34 year old son yesteray. When she hadn't heard from him, and got worried about him, she and his dad had to break into his home,and there they found him; is being ivestigated by the GBI. The loss of a child has to be the hardest loss of all.
    love you Donna,


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