You all know I'm addicted to delightful God-daughter (DGD, I'll call her for the rest of this post) like she's crack.
She's everything to me, and the closest thing I'll ever have to my own offspring.
Well, Wednesday morning, I woke up to this text from her mom:
'One of DGD's friends died. I don't think I can handle this'
Friends, DGD is 11 years old.
She's never experienced death before, being lucky to have very healthy grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. I think she had a gold fish die once, that's about it.
After a flurry of texts and emails, I found out that DGD's friend and classmate had passed away six days before his 12th birthday. He had brain cancer, and had been diagnosed under a year ago.
My stupid question was how is DGD handling it? Her mom told me that there's a lot of sobbing in their house, and things are not good.
The only thing I can think to do is cancel my plans for tonight, and go to this wake with them. Of course, both of DGD's parents will be there, but in this situation I think she needs all of the people around her that she can get. Like I said, it's the only thing I can think to do. Being with her always makes me feel better, I can only hope that I do the same for her. I don't think I'll have much to say, because what do you say? VonMom said I need to be strong for DGD. I'm not sure how strong I'll be. Admittedly, I do not have nor ever intend to have kids of my own, but if anything were to happen to DGD, Oh My God. I can't even.......
So take this for what it is. Hug someone you love today, whether they are a child or a grown up. Love someone you hug today.
And say a prayer for that poor little boy. May angels lead him in, and comfort his family.