I didn’t know them very well but now they are all that I can think about. A family I used to live and work with at an international school in Kuwait with lost their 11-month old daughter yesterday. She was the exact same age as Q. And just as healthy.
She died of pneumonia in California. Was I crazy to believe our medicine is stronger than that?
Members of my old community are holding a virtual candlelight vigil in their honour, tonight at 8PM PST. We will send a video of our own lit candle to join so many others now living around the world in a symbolic gesture of support that will hopefully provide the tiniest bit of comfort. I look at my little boy and I have no idea how I would possibly go on living without him. I imagine that to be exactly how they are feeling right now.
This is not my grief, but I have found there to be a fine line between a runaway imagination and deep compassion. No one is ever prepared for this kind of sudden loss, and yet so many all over the world are forced to suffer it every day. It’s so hard to know how to support, beyond making sure they know we are thinking of them, beyond the financial help we each can give.
So think of them I do. And love my loved ones just a little more than usual, remembering that nothing in this crazy life is guaranteed. But I am here now. And I am doing all I can to be sure that as few moments of my life as possible are spent not full of love.
3/22 – #SOL18