Sunday, May 2, 2010

Just Sad, Take 2

Today will make post #3 that has deleted on me. I even remembered to press save before I published it and it just published a blank post, awesome. I will now be officially saving all my posts as word documents (which I did do for a few days after the last incident), so hopefully that will help.


Anyway, I'm going to try to write this post again but for the record this is not a post I wanted to write more than once. Or ever.


I received some terrible news this weekend. One of my former students was in a terrible and unexpected (and ridiculously unlikely) accident and has passed away. He was only nine years old. I also had his little sister in my class two years ago, and four other like-family friends who will be profoundly impacted by this. I am so sad for these eight and nine year old children who never should have to go through something like this.


This adorable little boy cried on his first day of kindergarten (that doesn't happen as often as you'd think) but then in what seemed like hours he made a bunch of friends and I never saw him cry again. Like a lot of five and six year olds, his favorite thing in the world was playing with his friends. He was a great friend too, the kind of kid who would go over to an upset friend and find out what he could do to help. He was incredibly silly too, he loved silly books and funny jokes. When I would catch him being silly at the wrong time and say his name, he would do this little eye roll thing that meant he was embarrassed. I always used to worry that he'd do that to an adult that didn't know him and they'd think he was rolling his eyes at them. Unlike his sister who would jump up and down yelling my name until I came to give her a hug, he would mumble a polite "hi" and look at his feet when I saw him in the hallway in first and second grade. He was never the kind of kid to tell you a story that goes on and on forever, but he would bounce into the classroom in a way that showed me that he loved school.


I am sad for his sister, who never stopped talking about throughout her kindergarten year, who always tried to get him to come visit me when she took an extra curricular class, who would always giggle whenever I insisted on calling him by his full name instead of his cooler nickname he acquired in first grade (I never really insisted, I just always forgot, once you know a name it's hard!).


I am sad for his mom and dad.


I am sad for all his friends.


So that's where I am. Just sad.


I didn't know if I should blog about it or not, but I couldn't think of anything else to say. So there it is. Hopefully my creative juices will come back soon. And hopefully this post will actually post.



31 comments:

  1. Oh that is just awful. I can not imagine what his family is going through. I think the worst thing is to outlive a child. So tragic to have him taken away so suddenly.

    Sending hugs your way. I can't imagine finding out that studet you taught has passed. Just awful.

    And boo for these posts deleting on you. That is just ridiculously frustrating!!

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  2. I am so sorry. It must be so difficult for his family...I really cannot imagine the pain they must be in. My thoughts are with you.

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  3. I know how much teachers develop relationships and care about their students, so I can't imagine how you must feel right now. I hope you are doing okay, and my thoughts are with you and of course his family.

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  4. So sorry to hear that. It's not fair when something like this happens to kids.
    Hope you are ok.

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  5. How awful. I am so sorry for everyone touched by this loss. :(

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  6. What a sad tragedy. I'm so sorry. Hoping that peace can find you and the family this week.

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  7. Wow, I am so sorry to read about this. These are the types of things that just make no sense.

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  8. That's really terrible. No child or family deserves that. :-(

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  9. That really is just awful. I don't understand why things like that happen. :( My thoughts are with you and his family and friends.

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  10. How incredibly tragic. I pray that you and everyone else who knew him will heal from this loss.

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  11. this is just horrible and yours is the 2nd blog in half hour where there's been a death. happyhealthyplace (morgan) is the other. My heart goes out to the family. With love and kindness to all, godspeed.

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  12. Oh Kelly, that is so sad. I'm so sorry to hear it.

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  13. Oh Kelly! What a horrible story. I am so sorry. There is just no sense that can be made out of a tragedy like that. Your students are lucky to have you....they will undoubtedly need a lot of support coming back to school to hear such awful news.

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  14. oh I'm so sorry to hear this. i can't image what everyone must be going through. I'm glad the rest of your students will have you to help them get through this...

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  15. That's some horrible news. Stuff like this just shouldn't happen. I'm sorry :(

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  16. What a terrible tragedy. I am so sorry for his family :(

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  17. The loss of a child is always so sad esp at a young age :(

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  18. I am so sorry for you and your school. It's such a difficult thing to deal with as adults, never mind 9 year olds.

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  19. I'm so sorry to hear that devastating news. Your students are lucky to have your support upon returning to school.

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  20. Oh sweetie, that is so sad. I feel so bad for you and everyone affected by his passing. ((big hug))

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  21. I am so sorry! Luckily I have not experienced such a thing. I am so sorry for him, his family, you and your school family. It puts everything into perspective. Is testing really important or is it loving the kids?

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  22. i am so sorry this happened Kelly My thoughts and prayers are with his family and thinking of you

    the beach we went to was in Marblehead

    hang in there girl!!

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  23. I'm so sorry, Kelly. A devastating loss...

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  24. Oh Kelly how tragic! I am so sorry. Praying for you, your community and most of all, his family.

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  25. What a PAIN!! Are you losing a lot of posts?? I would be truly annoyed, but great idea saving it to WORD.
    Is there any way Eric could come in right before school ends? I mean your kids sound very awesome and caring, they want to meet him like a parent! That's so cute :)

    The yoga poses look....interesting. I am still using Exercise TV yoga, and trying to get those poses down. I'm moving slow. Maybe I need a 31 days challenge one of these months!

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  26. I am so sorry Kelly. what a terrible tragedy.

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  27. What horrible new - I'm so sorry and my heart goes out to you and his family.

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  28. I was wondering why I never saw this post before. I've noticed you mention him lots over the last year but never knew what happened. I just thought you never blogged about it. But I was in Europe at this time last year so I must have missed this post.

    Young people passing away is so so so so tragic and heartbreaking and children are especially heartbreaking :(

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