Monday, April 07, 2008

A bittersweet day ...


Today is Scott's Birthday. I sent him flowers to come home to, and sent flowers to his Mom. I'm making him one of his favorite dinners tonight. Pretty soon he'll open his gifts and read his cards (yes, the "kids" always give him a card, too ... ).

He called me at work earlier this afternoon. There was an accident this morning, where a man was killed after running off the freeway.

The man worked for Scott.

Everyone at his store is just devastated. He was a great guy, had worked there about seven years, leaves behind a six-year-old son. They had grief counselors at the store all day ... people were just sobbing.

We all hate hearing these kinds of things. We hate to think that this could ever touch us personally. I've been upset all afternoon, thinking of what a quick accident like this does to so many, many people. As much as I tried not to, I couldn't help but think of how an accident like this would tear me apart if it had been Scott.

I held him for a while when he got home tonight. It was a rough day.

I hope there's still some "Happy Birthday" left. I'll hold onto him closer tonight, whether he likes it or not.

10 comments:

jo said...

It's unsettling when reality hits so close to home. I'm glad you have each other to hold on to.

Can I just say what a sweet thing to send flowers to Scott's mom?

Love you, cuz, and give my love to Scott, too.

Scooter said...

Some how, I don't think he'll mind.

don said...

That is just awful news. Poor Scott. Big hugs to you guys.

Sorted Lives said...

I am so sorry to hear that. I hope you two made the most of the evening.

john said...

I am so easily affected when I hear things like this, especially when I hear that a victim leaves behind family and children.

afod said...

It's terrible when a horrific event gets tied to someone's birthday. As you so mention, it makes it a bittersweet day. I hope you were able to make the most of the day when Scott got home. "Mr. Texas'" birthday is on 9/11 which tends to be a bittersweet day for EVERYONE. :-(

Give Scott my best!

Claudia said...

Oh no :( how terrible. I'm very sorry, and give and extra hug from me please.

LSL said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. Hope you guys had a nice night.

Michael said...

So sorry to hear this news but glad Scott has someone like you to ease the pain.

atomicpop said...

i'm so sorry to hear that. thinking about you both.

a co-worker of my ex died suddenly on monday. i'm sad that i can't be there to hold onto james while he deals with this.