Then, the Unthinkable Happens

I've been crying today. Off and on for hours. Two friends said goodbye to their precious baby daughter.

It's so easy to get caught up in daily life, and to brush off taking time for others until tomorrow. Then, when you least expect it, life has an incredibly harsh way of reminding you how lucky you really are. I'm guilty of this every day and completely negligent with my own family. I take them for granted.

Cherish your life and those around you. Take moments to enjoy the little things. It's easy to dismiss those closest to you, but good grief—wake up! Spend time with them, focused on every minute detail and whim.

Two friends said goodbye to their adorable baby girl today, completely without warning. She was only 1, an incredibly happy baby girl, with the cutest modified-army-crawl you have ever seen. To say her parents were head-over-heals-in-love with her would be an understatement at best.

I'm crying as I type this. Observing this horrible situation unfold over these past days has been excruciating, a complete feeling of helplessness you wish you could ignore but that just won't go away. A wakeup.

I can only pretend to imagine what they are experiencing right now, but I'm praying more than I have in years for their sweet family. I cannot imagine the anguish over their loss, and I know there's nothing I can do to help take the pain away. Please pray for their family. Please, God, help them cope and welcome their sweet baby into your loving embrace. She will put a smile on your face as she did all those that met her.

4 Comments


    Jason Imani
    Aug 14, 2010 at 01:33 AM
    Sorry to hear about your friends' baby. I can only imagine what they must be feeling, and even then it's probably a glimmer of reality.

    Best of luck!

    Chuck
    Aug 19, 2010 at 10:20 AM
    So sorry to hear this Ryan, please send your friends my best wishes. I have 2 kids myself and can't imagine the pain they must be going through. My prayers are with them and their baby girl.

    Ryan Thrash
    Aug 19, 2010 at 11:50 PM
    Thanks for the comments—really I can't imagine having to cope with a similar situation. The memorial earlier this week was wonderful, with some amazing acoustic music by some local Dallas artists.

    Out of this tragedy did come a celebration of life however: her heart and liver went to a 2-year old and a 1-year old and her kidneys to a 26-year old.

    Peter
    Aug 22, 2010 at 09:54 AM
    I'm still totally in love with my 6 year old son. I'd have to go join him if he leaves before I do.
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Ryan Thrash is the husband of an insanely supportive wife, father of 2 great kids and lives in Dallas, TX. Having co-founded the MODX content management platform in 2004, he looks forward to a world where HTML5 and CSS3 is the norm, and IE6 ceases to exist.

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