Saturday, March 13, 2010

Another Blast From the Past

Mortality....

Now there's a concept for us to consider. I was in my early 30s when I came to grips with my own mortality. Before that, I gave it some but not a lot of deep thought.

Life is so precious, so robust, and so invigorating. But at the same time it is so very fragile.

I say all of this because 23 year-old daughter's car was creamed by a semi yesterday. By all rights, she should be dead. Those who have seen the car have said so.

Thankfully she is not. She is resting at her mother's home with nine staples in the back of her head, a mild concussion, and some very bruised ribs. She is now more understanding of why her dad always ends every conversation with the ever mindful phrase, "be careful".

This is why the music post is so late.

I almost didn't do it all. But as I pondered whether to or not, I thought of a song that helped me through a very tough loss 32 years ago, this month. This is when I got the call that my 16 year-old brother had been killed. It was not easy and still leaves an emptiness in my heart to this day.



So, today it feels like the Sunsett family has dodged a bullet. There had to be a guardian angel on duty, or our world would have been devastated once again. And if that would have been the case, this blog would have fallen silent for a very long time.

6 comments:

Mary Ellen said...

Oh my gosh! Thank God she's alright. My kids always laugh at me because whenever they walk out the door I say, "Drive careful." to which they reply, "No, mom, I'm going to drive like a maniac." and then roll their eyes at me.

No matter how careful you are on the road, you never know. I'm glad she's ok...big sigh of relief for all of you!

A.C. McCloud said...

She is now more understanding of why her dad always ends every conversation with the ever mindful phrase, "be careful".

We do it, too, always with the hope it can somehow protect. I'm glad she's gonna be OK.

LASunsett said...

Thanks ME and AC. All I can say is, it was quite a scare for a little while.

Kids must think we just like to be bossy. But in reality, we just want them to outlive us. There can be nothing worse than losing a child or grandchild, grown or young. I watched my parents grieve intensely over the death of my brother. It was the catalyst that broke up their marriage.

Leslie said...

Very glad to hear your daughter is safe and well. Truly a blessing! And keep with the reminders to be careful, LA. Though it might seem like they don't listen, or you get a rolling of the eyes, it is a wonderful feeling to have someone care.

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LASunsett said...

//Though it might seem like they don't listen, or you get a rolling of the eyes, it is a wonderful feeling to have someone care.//

I have no plans to stop now. I tell all of my kids that I will say this to them, until I die.

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear your daughter is recovering and will be OK. My wake up call was last summer. Had circumstances been just a little different, time of day, location at the time a wheel decided to leave my car, etc, I would have died. I had a cut artery, and it was the speed and efficiency of the Fisher's fire dept. in responding and cutting me out of my car that saved my life.

I have healed from 3 fractured vertebrae and a severely messed up shoulder, but I will have back issues for the rest of my life. It does serve as a reminder that one should make the best of "borrowed time" I think. You certainly find out what is of value when you go through these times.

My condolences on the loss of your brother. I have never lost a sibling, but losing my parents was tough enough. God Bless you as you go through that sad anniversary and may your daughter be back on her feet soon.

HAM