Death in the Family
I have your voice mail messages and e-mails — lots and lots of them. Thank you.
Many people who follow this blog have been very curious, quite concerned and just wondering where I have been the past couple of days.
No stories. No blog updates. Quiet. Very quiet. And, that's exactly right.
Some people even heard a reference on the radio last Sunday in Toronto to a tragedy in our family. That prompted more calls.
Last Friday night, having had a pleasant time speaking with students and staff at Parkdale Collegiate (my alma mater) and then having attended the Ontario Catholic Classic girls volleyball final at Loyola High in Oakville, I returned to the Star to write my story and put together the nightly package of high school results.
Then came the telephone call. Get to the hospital — and fast.
I moved quickly, but not quickly enough. My mother-in-law had passed away. These things are not expected. For our family, twice in 13 months. My mother went to her Eternal home in January 2009.
Yes, I have been away on what you could call bereavement leave. I have been spending time with the family mourning the loss of another special woman. My mother-in-law was a well-educated woman — a mentor for the family. It's hard to believe that Laura is no longer with us physically, but will always be there in our hearts and spiritually. Recalling special times, reciting prayers at services and even waking up in the middle of the night, I am still wondering — did this really happen?
What about my visits now to her? The stops to bring coffee and chat. Yup, even about sports. It's gone. Just like it was a year ago with my mother.
Well, it can leave you emotionally drained and with an empty feeling. It can also leave you thinking about how precious life really is and how we should be making the most out of every minute of every day.
I'll be back in a few days. Just had to let you know that the family is coping — and we "thank" everyone for their kind words, thoughts and more.