Thursday, September 08, 2005

Katie

A few years ago as my husband and I were walking along the side of a road, we noticed a salamander creeping along and stopped to look at it. On the way back, that same salamander lay crushed. I felt an eeriness because it had caught our attention only minutes earlier.

Yesterday, my daughter came home from school with sad news. One of her classmates had been killed in a car accident that weekend. "She was so friendly, always smiling". Later in the evening she pointed out her obituary. I looked at the sweet girl with blonde hair. My daughter commented that she was the shortest person in school.
As I lay in bed, I recalled a moment last week when my daughter and I were in student services to rearrange her class schedule. A petite, blonde girl had come out of one of the offices. I noticed her because she reminded me of someone from my childhood. She saw that I was looking at her and smiled.

I came downstairs to ask my daughter if that was her. It was.

8 comments:

Pearl said...

ooh, odd.

My condolances to your daughter.

Marti said...

I'm so sorry to hear of such tragic news. I hope that your daughter is doing well.

Maggie Ann said...

So sad. She left behind good memories. My daughter gave me this quote to comfort my heart due to the passing on of my Mum....'wherever a beautiful soul has been there is a trail of beautiful memories.'

Carol said...

Thank you so much for your kind words. I told my daughter of your sympathy and she appreciated it.She didn't know Katie well but it is still difficult for teens when someone their age dies.

dena said...

I think helping our children deal with death is one of the most difficult parts of parenting. When they lose one of their own, no matter how close they are to that person, it's very, very hard on them.

dena said...

I'm visiting from michele's today

E said...

That's just so sad. I remember when a friend of mine was killed in a car accident when I was in high school...it was just heartbreaking.

Here from Michele's

emmy said...

thanks mom