Friday, January 27, 2012

SORROW

Yesterday I woke up with a sour stomach.  I knew the time had come.  I finally succumbed to the stomach flu.  It has been a week since my family brought it into the house, a week of taking care of puking children and a puking husband.  I was praying that before it hit full force I would be able to get Kaleb up to his doctor appointment at Dartmouth and back.  I couldn't post pone this one.  So I loaded up Brady, who is still battling diarrhea, and Kaleb and we made the long drive up.  As I was sitting in the doctor's office my sister Jenny called.  I had just chatted with her on the way up so it made me wonder why she was calling again.  I had to ignore her call as I was in the middle of talking to the doctor.  Then I felt my phone vibrate again, this time she left a text message.  I told myself I would look at it when I was done with the doctor.  15 minutes later I walked out with Brady into the lobby while Kaleb finished up and looked at my phone.  This is what it said..."Becky, have you spoken to Lisa King?  I can't believe what I am reading on face book is true...did Aaron really pass away last night?!?"  I was in shock.  I called Jenny right away and said "WHAT?!?"  She read me Lisa's post on face book about her husband passing away from what they think was a major heart attack.  How could that be?  How could this happen to THEM?  Just four short months ago they said goodbye their sweet son Noah.  He was 10 years old and a lot like Ben.  It was a hard loss...especially for his dad.  I can't help but think that he must have died of a broken heart.  So there I was, in the middle of this lobby, outside the doctor's office SOBBING!  And wanting to vomit.  I ran out of there as fast as I could...and I couldn't get home fast enough. I needed to write to Lisa, to tell her just how sorry I am, even though what I wanted to do is get on the first plane out and fly there in person so that I could wrap my arms around her.  But instead I curled up on the couch with my fever and vomiting and sobbed some more.   
I've never met Lisa and Aaron in person because they live in Australia, but we've become as close as you could possibly be without ever meeting.  Steve and I were planning on flying to Tasmania for our 20th Wedding Anniversary in 18 months so we could finally meet them.
Now I'll be going alone...someday soon I hope.

I love you Lisa King!  You will NEVER get over this...but with the help of your Heavenly Father, your family and your friends, you WILL get through this.  


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7 comments:

Smilin' sunshine said...

Such a sad, awful story....my heart and prayers go out to her and her kids.

LL said...

She's been in my thoughts all night and day--it's just so unreal. Prayers for her and their family.

asplashofsunshine said...

OH NO! I can not imagine the heartbreak. Such lovely photos of whom I can imagine were a lovely couple and family.

shirlgirl said...

Oh, Becky, I am so sorry for your friend Lisa's loss. It is just unimaginable to have lost their son four months ago and now to have lost her husband, Aaron. I've written a comment on her blog. So sad to hear something like this, and here they were on holiday and enjoying a fun time and remembering with love, their son Noah, and then to have this happen. How fragile life is, and we never know what is in store for us. I've read all of the comments on her blog, and she certainly has a wonderful support system with all of her friends. I hope and pray she can find the courage and strength that she will need to get through these coming days. I send you my love and prayers, too.

Alana said...

That's rough. He looks young, his kids look young. How sad to already be a widow and to have lost a child. We will keep her in our prayers.

Country/City Boy said...

Ahh Becky, I didn't realise, that would have been bad for you and having to drive back home. xxx

Tara said...

Such a beautiful family and heart breaking loss. Sending love, prayers, and well wishes to you. I know this is hard on you not being able to be there for her, that's how I felt about you when Ben passed away. Heavenly Father must have really needed him. So sad.