Thursday, July 12, 2007

Life's like a box of chocolates...

You never know what you're gonna get.

This dear man is my father-in-law with my two children a few years ago. My boys had just been involved in one of their usual arguments, and as always, he managed to make peace, even though they are both still pouting. He passed away suddenly in his sleep last night. I probably won't be posting much for a bit, or I may be posting all the time. I don't know. I don't have much experience with death.

My husband is returning to Italy. I'm numb. Life is never, never predictable.


Greg said...

I learned of your blog from Anno. I'm sorry to learn of your loss.
Peace, Greg

Carol said...

Oh Jennifer. I'm so sorry.

Tom's "second mom" died in her sleep in April. Since her husband was the sick one (cancer and other ailments) and SHE was the totally healthy one, life (or rather, death) caught US by surprise too.

It's here, if you're interested:


My thoughts are with you.


cathouse teri said...

Oh my! I'm so sorry. :(

Honestly, let me know if you want to talk. You can call me any time.

anno said...

oh dear jennifer, I'm so sorry.

Rebecca said...

Oh, Jennifer, my condolences. My thoughts are with you and your family. He looks like he was a lovely grandad - How very sad for you all.

Jenn in Holland said...

You know, you see here, that you have a tremendous network of support out here. Please call on us, any or all and we are here for you.
Just so you understand exactly how much, I had an email in my inbox this morning from a friend (to both you and I) telling me about this news. Teri wanted to make certain I knew first thing this morning.
Call me. Email me. I am ready to talk anytime. This issue is so fresh here, I don't know wht I can say to help, but I can certainly share with you.
I love you Jennifer. I am so so sorry for your loss.
We will grieve alongside you.

Jennifer said...

I am so, so sorry. That is so unexpected. I wish there was something I could do. Please let me know if there is.

sognatrice said...

In June 1998, after college, after moving back and forth from home to college every year, I was ready to leave my childhood home for good and move to Philadelphia to start law school. I packed up everything, said my good-byes, and slept in my new apartment that night--only to be receive a call the next morning that my fairly healthy grandfather, with whom I'd lived my whole life, had passed away in his sleep during the night. I am convinced that he waited until I was sent off safely into the world, and I was so grateful that I actually got to literally say good-bye.

My thoughts are with you and your family in this difficult time.

Karen said...

I don't know much about loss in this way either. I am so sorry! I hope the gathering of the family brings comfort for all.

ByJane said...

I am so, so sorry...for you, your boys and especially your husband. Life is what happens; we are always on the verge of something. Take care. Write when and as you want.

Brillig said...

Jennifer, I'm so sorry to hear this. What a shock, I'm sure. And you're all alone again while MacGyver is back in Italy. As others have said, we really are here for you. You'll be in my thoughts and my prayers.

jennifer said...

Heartfelt, sincere thanks to each and every one of you- Greg, Carol, Teri, Anno, Rebecca, Jenn, Jennifer, Sognatrice, Karen, Jane and Brillig. You make it all more bearable.

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