This has been a tough week in my neck of the woods.
On Monday, a friend of mine lost her father. He died of a massive heart attack. There were no warnings, so no one had a chance for proper good-byes. It's tragic.
Also on Monday, a colleague of mine was laid to rest. Marlene was a 31 year old teacher at my school. She died suddenly of septic shock just after the holidays. I can't imagine the grief and disbelief that her husband of three years, her parents and her friends are feeling. I was not close to Marlene. In fact, I barely knew her. And that makes me sad. Sometimes, the pace of life is so quick that we forget to cherish those around us. I hope not to make that mistake again.