6/21/07

you don't have to know a person to feel sadness...

Today is not about me or weight loss. Today is about 3 people who lost their lives yesterday. One for me in particular. 10 years ago, I used to pass one of them in the hallway of school on a daily basis. He was an adorable boy . I didn't know much about him and I'm fairly certain he didn't know about me. But when I heard his name on the news this morning, I could picture him in a school uniform no problem. I can't picture him in army fatigues, carrying a gun, serving our country, keeping peace a world away in some sort of conflict that isn't our own. I'm not here to say whether war, conflict, peace-keeping and Canada's role is wrong or right. I don't want comments that say that either. I just want to say that today I'm sad because someone with a bright future and bright eyes won't get to see the world through them anymore. So appreciate all that you have around you today and every day. And say a prayer for Stephen and his family.

8 comments:

Jen said...

Thanks for posting this today Marie...I think we often forget to appreciate what or who we have in our lives.

I feel for his family and friends.

Angie All The Way said...

I would normally say the typical "I'm sorry you're feeling sad" speel, but the truth is, it is a good thing that you are because if we take pause to feel this way when this happens, it means that you recognize the sacrifice he has made and whether or not people agree with it is irrelevant.

(But, I do of course hope you feel better soon ;))

jodi said...

i sat next to a soldier yesterday on the way home from work... he has shrapnel in his foot from when he was in baghdad and all he said was, "i don't care if my foot never heals, i'm just glad to be home"... i swear i wanted to hug him... :o)

Sarah said...

Thanks for this post, Marie. I'm saying a prayer for all those families. I have 2 friends from university serving in Afghanistan right now... I don't want to watch the news anymore :(

Shannon said...

what a sweet post. i can totally put myself in your position of knowing someone but not really and hearing something like that on the news, makes me sad too.

Natalie said...

Everytime I hear of another young soldier who has died, I can't help but think "what a waste". It makes me really sad for this world that war is the "solution" and that people are losing children, parents, siblings and so on.

Thanks for sharing...

meredi said...

How tragic :(

It's funny how things hit home when someone we know is hurt in some way. Yes, I'm saddened when I hear about people being hurt in accidents, but when someone you know, even as an acquaintance, even 10, 15, 20 years ago, is hurt -- you can't help but feel a stabbing loss.

I'm sorry, Marie.

~paige~ said...

Ifeel the exact same way when I hear about strangers who have died. Even just on the news, I always feel for them and their families.

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