Thursday, February 26, 2015

Requiem aeternam

I came home from work last night to a chilly house and learned that my furnace had been acting up me.

But that doesn't really matter right now.

I woke up this morning still cold and faced with having to miss a day at work to get the furnace looked at.

But that doesn't really matter right now.

I bitched and gripped as the morning wore on, the house got colder and I waited for a technician to come to the house.

But that doesn't really matter right now.

The faulty furnace part, now sits atop my dryer.

That doesn't really matter right now either.

News of a recent inadvertent poisoning in the city has left many in shock and wonder.  I have to admit one of my first reactions was to think "what was the mother thinking."  Without doubt, there are many questions that will be asked in the days and weeks ahead.  All this just doesn't matter right now.  It doesn't matter because at the end of the day, this poor woman will have to live forever with her conscience and the results of her actions.  It's tragic.  Pure and simple.

And now, more unfortunate news as we learn that a second child has died.  This news hits home for me in many ways as I have a son not that much younger than one of the young boys involved.  And while I don't get to see him as often as I like, at least that is still a possibility.  For one poor women here, when it comes to her two youngest children, that option is now forever closed to her.

Sometimes there really are no words, and I have to admit I've been struggling quite a bit with just what to say since first learning about it.

Hug your kids a little tighter today.


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