It only takes a quick scan of the news to be buried in the madness of our world.
This week, I've been hugging my kids a bit longer than usual as neighborhood friends lost their daughter in a horrible accident.
Jackie was a GOOD kid determined to do GOOD things in the world.
I remember her and I talking before she graduated about how she hoped to find a way to take her love of dance and turn it into a career. She mentioned perhaps doing dance therapy or traveling to underdeveloped countries and working with kids around the arts.
I encouraged her to try and make it happen. That it wouldn't be an easy road, but if she really wanted to do it, she could.
When Dylan got home from work and I broke the news to him his shocked was response was simply, "but she was so nice..."
The biggest lie humans have tried to push on the world is that everything happens for a reason.
I've never believed it and when madness like this happens it just reaffirms that life is random and unknown.
Hug those you love every, single day.
Work hard every day to do what you want to do in this world.
Tomorrow is not promised to any of us and it never seems to be the bad people who are taken from us too soon. Only the good...
Sandy, Ron and Ryan our thoughts, prayers and love are with you during this time. Your words last night at the vigil were beautiful and strong. I took them to heart.
Rest in Peace Jackie.