Thursday, 20 December 2012 10:16

Our grief

Is there anything anyone can really say that touches the depth of grief a parent suffers over the loss of a child? I'm not sure there are words to express the profound sadness the parents, teachers, children and community members of Newton, Connecticut are feeling right now. As a mother and teacher, my heart is broken and with the victims of this unfathomable atrocity.

Out of touch with the media during the work day, I was sitting in a Friday afternoon department meeting when a colleague asked me if I had heard the news. Thankfully, I've heard this question sparingly in my life, but every time I have, it sends a shiver down my spine. I was in college during the Columbine shooting and somewhat insulated from the world at the time. Still a child myself, I had no way of looking at such tragedy in a manner that felt real. I simply couldn't grasp what others were going through.

Published in Livin'
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 23:42

Bottom of the ninth at St. Joe's

Gaming through grief

Six floors. Six floors to the top of St. Joseph Hospital and the temporary home of close to a dozen of my family members for the past four weeks. Days like this, the weight on my shoulders told me I was carrying the elevator instead of the other way around. Since my grandmother had been admitted with weakness, things had steadily progressed into a spiral of unknown maladies until she was reduced to a mere shadow of her former self. I sat next to her bed as her eyes flickered back and forth, microseconds of wakefulness that were immediately dragged into what appeared to be nightmarish minutes of restless sleep.

Published in Tekk


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