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Friday, October 17, 2014

Profound sadness...

Putting the wit and the snark on hold for today, Snarklings. Yesterday we received some pretty devastating news about one of the members of our community. A child, one day after his 15th birthday, was struck and killed by a car while riding his bike on a twisty rural road. This boy had been a classmate of my own 15 since we moved here 8 years ago. The family lived in our neighborhood when we first moved here.

My own child celebrated her 15th birthday the day before he did. She told me through tears that they used to wish one another a happy birthday, since their birthdays were one day apart. Their last names both started with B, so they were locker neighbors. She recalled how they used to rush to their lockers between classes, and try to see who could open his/her locker first, and they jokingly push one another out of the way as they stood side by side racing to open those lockers.

She said he was a good kid. And she cried. We all are. No mother or father should have to deal with losing a child. But it was an accident, a very tragic accident. And it's just heart-breaking.

Remember all those times I bitched about my girls missing the bus? Remember all the suggestions that they be made to ride their bikes to school? THIS is why I never forced that issue. The roads here are not very bike-friendly.

A Go-Fund-Me account has been set up for the family to help with funeral expenses, and right now, I'm sure they could use all the good thoughts you could send their way.

This morning, my daughters made it to school. But one family in our town isn't so lucky. Our hearts break for them, and our thoughts and prayers go out to them. I have no more words...


  1. So very sad.

    God bless everyone devastated by this tragedy.

    Lots of prayers for all.

  2. Our community just suffered a devastating loss also...14yo boy killed in tragic accident. Sympathies for your daughter, classmates, family and whole community!! The sadness is horrific...may he always be remembered fondly.

  3. That's a shame. Folks here in Texas will be praying for them.

  4. Prayers for all. Such tragedy.

  5. I know it's weird, but I was suddenly struck this morning by how sad the bus ride must have been this morning. He also rode 15 and 17's bus (my 15's bus from last year).

  6. That is a very horrible tragedy. So sad! Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

  7. That breaks my heart...I can't image the overwhelming pain they're going through, as well as, your community.

  8. Oh, Teri. Such absolutely heartbreaking news. I'm so sorry. Sending love to your family--and especially to his. <3

  9. I'm so sorry. No experience with losing a child, but many friends have. The pain never fades. Let 15 know that when she's ready, those are some things she might want to share with the family. Mom's ALWAYS love to hear stories they didn't know about.
    I lost a young friend two years ago. Her mom and I are the same age. She appreciated my tales of the days I sat beside her daughter at work, and could see why we had the bond we did.
    Praying for peace & comfort for your family, and his.

  10. So, sooooooo sorry to hear. My best friends daughter almost got hit a few weeks ago. Very scary and so sad. <>

  11. May the Lord Bless and Keep you & make His Face shine upon you....

    and bring you Peace....

  12. I am so sorry to hear about this tragic accident. Thoughts and prayers to this family and the community.



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