Thursday, April 16, 2009

Sad Life Lesson Learned Today

My heart is breaking for Chickie Poo.

We learned Monday that one of her classmates, on the afternoon of Easter, had chased a ball into the street and been hit by a SUV. The child broke both arms and legs and was not going to able to return to school to finish the year. Chickie Poo felt sad for him and was making cards and such to send to the hospital.

Me? I laid awake until after 3 that morning re-enacting the accident. I saw myself as the driver, since I drive a SUV. I saw Boo Bear as the child hit, as he plays ball CONSTANTLY and thinks he is invincible. I had other worries going on, but this was one of the major ones.

I recommitted to driving more carefully. I emphasized the importance of letting the ball go, looking both ways and overall safety with my older kids.

We discussed how lucky he was to survive with broken bones but still alive.

My phone rang an hour ago with Chickie Poo crying uncontrollably on the other end.

The school just announced this child had passed away.

I pray for his mother and family. I pray for mine as well.

Today is to the day when my child will forever be changed. She now is acutely aware that bad things CAN happen to another child; someone she knows.

I'd give anything for her to have never learned this lesson.


Tami said...

OMG!! I can't believe it! I'm so sorry for Chickie Poo and all of her classmates!! So sad!

Domestic Spaz said...

News like this breaks my heart. What a sad and horrible lesson for your poor Chickie Poo to have to learn at this age. This type of stuff clenches me as a mother. :( So sorry.

Blue Castle said...

I feel so badly for this child's parents. How horrible. I'm sorry your kid had to experience a loss like this at such a young age.

Bahama Shores Mama said...

Tami: thanks. she seems to be handling it with more grace I could have imagined.

Dom Spaz: There are many challenges I WANT my children to face so they are not as sheltered as my mother believes them to be. This wasn't one of them.

Blue Castle: I have learned he was an only child of a single mom. We have the funeral Saturday and it breaks my heart.