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A Sad Tuesday

2014 May 6

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The world is a funny place sometimes.

I logged onto my Instagram this morning and my feed was flooded with messages of support and love, all hashtagged #redballoonsforryan.

A familiar face accompanied each one. A sweet little red-haired boy (right around Kai’s age) who I had grown used to seeing on there from following his mama’s feed and admiring their sweet little LA life from afar.

I don’t know her and I never knew him. But when I saw this face and read the tragic story of how he was hit by a truck on Friday evening, playing in front of a friend’s house, trying to catch a flying frisbee that led him straight into the street and into harm’s way…my heart sunk.

He was just in the wrong place at the wrong moment. It happened so fast. Life will never be the same.

This family, so full of light and love, will never be the same.

If you scroll back through her feed, they were at Disneyland just the other day. Took a road trip up to Santa Cruz last week. Ate a lot of churros and donuts, loving each and every one.

She never knew what lay ahead. She couldn’t even imagine it. She would have never even dared to think about it.

This morning, my son woke up in his usual manner: “I want breakfast!” he roared, hungry and demanding. My heart simply swelled.

My daughter took her sweet time stretching in bed, peering at me through half-closed eyes as I took her in, practically counting every freckle on her face, feeling her warm, sleepy breath.

You never know what may lay ahead. You can’t even imagine it. Won’t even dare to think about it.

So enjoy today.



6 Responses
  1. elizabeth permalink
    May 6, 2014

    This is heartbreaking. I couldn’t begin to understand what that family is going through, but I will definitely keep them in my prayers.

  2. May 6, 2014

    They will be in my prayers. So sorry this happened. It makes you pause to celebrate the everyday moments and not take them for granted.

  3. May 6, 2014

    Oh I’m crying…I have this face in my IG feed too, but didn’t know the story. Unbearable.

  4. Karsha permalink
    May 6, 2014

    R – you, more than anyone, know how crazed we are checking e-mail, answering client calls, bouncing between meetings. THANK YOU for making me stop, breathe, and remember that every moment is precious. My heart breaks for this sweet family.

  5. Frances permalink
    May 6, 2014

    I am neither a blogger nor do I know the family whom has been tasked with this inconceivable burden… but I am a mother… to a babe about to turn 1 this Mother’s Day weekend and this post – during a brief lunch break at work – gave me a moment to pause… to pray a small prayer for the family whose life will never be the same… to take in the joys of life… and to call my husband so that we can go get our little one and hug him to pieces. I cannot imagine what Ryan’s mother is going through; but I do recognize the palpable fear of our child leaving us way too soon. My heart is heavy for this family and I can only hope and pray they find comfort during this time of immense sorrow.

  6. May 15, 2014

    I just read this post and like everyone else who has read it I feel terribly sad. Your kind, considerate and thought provocking words have made me stop and remember that I need to take time to enjoy what is happening around me, to live in the moment.

    My thoughts are with that family.

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