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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Death Brings Life into Perspective: Simple Living Idea

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The night hurricane Sandy hit my town two boys ages 11 and 13, neighbors, were hanging out with their siblings in one of the boy's living room. A 90 foot tree fell on the house and killed them both.


A cry of grief has not stopped echoing through my town.

My kids were classmates of both of the boys though not close friends, but our town is small. There are only about 100 kids per grade. They all know each other. One mom I knew from Girl Scouts. The other mom I knew from when I wrote the PTO newsletter. We were not close, but it didn't stop me from breaking down into tears when I heard about the boys' death.

Small towns are a single organism. Their children are their hearts. If a child dies everyone's heart aches. 

The natural order of life was not just disrupted by this storm it was broken... a parent should never have to bury a child.

These deaths were a Simple Living realization to everyone in my town. We all weathered this storm well because when people in my town greet each other they say: "So I don't have power, so I lost my groceries, so it's a little cold... we'll get all of these things back... but those boys... those boys are gone forever." 


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20 comments:

  1. A little girl my son went to nursery with died of Meningitis recently. It was heart breaking. Not only how everyone felt and the fear everyone felt for their own children but how much life does return to normal for everyone else eventually, even though there is a child shaped hole in the world. It somehow feels like such an awful thing that everyone should grieve forever.

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    1. It is the worst thing to happen. I'm so sorry your community was touched by this too.

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  2. Diane, I am so sorry for the loss that your town, friends and family are going through. I am originally from Pawling and heard the story of the boys from my mom. My prayers and thoughts are with your entire town as they struggle with this tragedy.

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  3. Diane, your mourning is palpable. I am so sorry for you and your community. We lost power for only a few days and the trees missed us, and while we were cold and inconvenienced, we were holding our breath knowing how lucky we are.

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  4. I'm so sorry to hear that this tragedy occurred in your town. Those poor little lads, and their families as well. It really does put life, and the relatively small worries we allow to consume us, into perspective when something as terrible as this happens. It's almost impossible not to be deeply affected when something like this happens so close to home and to people we know.

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  5. Oh my lord. How awful! My heart for aches for that mother and your small town.

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    1. I know Laura. Everytime I think about the pain of the mothers I start to cry.

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  6. So heart breaking. Everyone is in our prayers.

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  7. My heart aches for their family and your community. I know of a woman who lost her 2 young children in the flooding waters of Sandy in Staten Island, and my husband's aunt and uncle lost their home, which was also the house that his mother and her siblings grew up in. Luckily they all evacuated before the storm really hit, so they are all here and alive. I'm so sorry you were effected by Sandy, too, but like you said, losing some groceries and electricity is nothing compared to losing your children. I live in NJ, and was very fortunate myself, only having lost power for a few days (we put our cold food outside so it wouldn't spoil and it worked!). So lucky. Life can be so fleeting, we really need to count our blessings every day.

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    1. I heard about the woman who lost her children too... terrifying story. I'm so sorry to hear about your husband's family's lost. My sister lives in NJ and had her deck crushed by trees, but the house is OK. They still don't have power. I can never remember a hurricane being so devastating on the East Coast.
      I definitely am more appreciative of many little things after this storm.

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  8. I'm so sorry about the young lives lost in your town. My heart goes out to their family. Prayers are with them and you.

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  9. Diane,
    I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of those two precious boys. When I was growing up we lost a classmate in 7th grade and I don't think I've ever seen a class or town more devastated then with the loss of a child. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your community.
    Hugs,
    Michelle

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    1. Thank you Michelle. I'm so sorry that you understand this so personally.

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  10. Oh, big, big hugs! I hadn't heard about the boys. I did hear about a mom in a car whose 4 year old and 2 year old were swept away during the hurricane. I can't imagine her agony as it happened.

    Thank you for sharing this with Motivation Monday.

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    1. Yes I heard about that woman in State Island. This to me was more frightening because the boys were seemingly safe inside a house.

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