It has been a sad week around our parts …
Sunday morning learned of the death overnight of work pal JB … one of those really great guys that everyone knows and respects, even from both sides of the aisle. My office, for four days a week, four months a year, was the parking place for JB’s briefcase, overcoat, umbrella, wife when she came to the office with him, etc. All of us in my similar job seem to have collected 1-2 folks over the years that use our particular office for storage / resting of feet / copying of documents, that kind of thing. JB was one of mine. The whole building, though, is going to miss him.
But if you have to go, his way wasn’t too bad. Evidently, he’d been asleep in the recliner that evening. His wife covered him up with the blanket from the sofa and left to go to the store. When she got back, he had passed on. Sounds pretty peaceful all things considered.
And here’s a great story about JB and his wife. After a divorce a few years ago, he somehow reconnected with his prom date from high school and they ended up getting married and having a few wonderful years together before this untimely departure. They were always just getting back from a cruise or a trip to California or elsewhere. Here’s a pic I stole off JB’s facebook page of them at their prom, hope he doesn’t mind. Dig that crazy tux, eh?
I was supposed to be getting a group of us girls together so he could buy us lunch next week. Oh, and here’s another scary part. Exactly my same age.
The next bad news came today. Our UK friend’s wife was removed from the life support system where she had been for the last seven weeks while being treated for H1N1 (swine flu). So sad to have been reading her husband’s Facebook posts for the last few weeks. It was obvious that she wasn’t getting better, was probably getting worse, how to tell the kids, should the kids visit or not visit, really gut-wrenching stuff. Samantha didn’t get her miracle, but she fooled the docs for a long while with her up and down response to treatment.
Here’s the pic he sent out asking for prayers for his lovely wife. I haven’t asked yet if she had an underlying medical condition. People keep asking me that and I just don’t know. Don’t think she did. Or is it just propaganda that the medical professionals put out that the only people dying from swine flu are the ones with an underlying condition or are elderly? Harumph.
The last time I saw her, we were in her daughter’s princess room – very pink and purple and girly – and she said to me that all she ever wanted to grow up to do was be a wife and mum. And was very happy because that was exactly what she was able to do, be a stay-at-home mom and homemaker. But she leaves behind three kids, two of which are still very young.
So rest in peace to these friends, JB and Samantha. Both leaving this earth way too soon.
And peace to their families who will miss them beyond belief. It has been a sad week indeed.