Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Another life taken much too early

My son called me at work this morning with some tragic news. A friend of his--who I happened to coach for one year when they played together on the same Babe Ruth League baseball team (which won the 2004 league championship...photo below)--passed away on Friday of a drug overdose. My son had been keeping in touch with this wonderful kid and had just talked to him on Friday. He was only 23 years old.

I could tell my son was pretty upset about the news, which he had learned about via Facebook. But I was happy and touched that he decided to call me to talk about it. And I was even happier when he told me he was getting ready to go to a meeting. I knew sharing with others would help him deal with things.

We talked for a bit and I told my son how sorry I was about his friend. I told him to be strong. Then we hung up. And I started to cry.

Another life taken much too early by drugs. Another family devastated by the horrible disease called addiction.

There but for the grace of God go I.


  1. 2 young boys, only 16, jumped together on early Sat morning to their deaths off the escarpment here in Hamilton. I travelled up the mountain to purchase Father's Day gifts for husband, getting garbled news from the bus drivers going up and down as the access was limited from rescue vehicles for hours and hours. So sobering. Only wanting to grasp my own boys when I returned home, I could only hug them. Mental stuff sucks.

  2. Tragic news....lives have changed forever. I am also very saddened by the news Lois shared above.

    God, please keep our families safe.