last night as i was heading to bed, i checked facebook and was shocked to learn about the death of a high school classmate. she was shot and killed during her lunch break at work. she and i were never close friends, but we were in school together since elementary school, so I obviously knew who she was.
my heart has been heavy and my mind has been reeling since hearing the news. i am praying almost constantly for her husband and her family. she was so young and it was so unexpected.
i don't want to live my life in fear of dying, but i guess this is a reminder to live life fully. to not put things off. to cherish each moment.
several months ago, while we were in atlanta for my brother's graduation, chris and i witnessed a father and his daugher be struck by a car as they were crossing the street. it was one of the scariest things i've ever seen and it will probably never leave me. still, when i'm on a walk with meredith, and i hear a loud sound, i jump, scared. the man and girl lived (they both had concussions and some broken bones) but the experience taught me how fragile life is.
this man and his daughter were simply going for doughnuts on a saturday morning. brittney was simply going to work and probably anticipating the weekend. we are never promised tomorrow. all i can think about is hugging and kissing and saying i love you. smiling and enjoying and putting worries aside.
i hope you are having love-filled weekend. go give someone a hug.