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May 28, 2008


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Oh ouch. That had to have been a shock to see that with the kids in tow. I could also see myself saying, "Look at the firetruck!" and in the spilt second after calling their attention to it, thinking, "Oh, no!"

I think you did a good job of recovery, but I'm I've spent enough time around a pool to know that the kids will be at it again soon. That is life.

I'm sorry that a soul out there didn't know how much they were loved and how much they will be missed. I hope the people left to pick up the pieces know they aren't alone either.


(shoot, typos everywhere up there!)


I hope the kids don't remmber this long. How awful for you!


Yes, quick recovery. But things to protect them from are everywhere.


Well recovered, for the kids' sake. What a shock for you. I will send a prayer for that man and his family, whoever they are.

Dad aka GDad Blake

I know my message is not fully on point but it does relate to death.
One reason I feel children should have pets is so they can learn to love, learn to grieve and learn that the death of a pet is more than balanced by wonderful memories of that pet evrn if it died accidentally.
I know you handled the situation well and just wanted to assure you that none of the children in your care will be damaged by what they saw. They learned a bit about death and will continue to learn about love.

Life and love to All.....Dad


Wow, I love what your Dad wrote and agree with him!

How sad for you guys, though. My oldest brother once saw a vehicle go over a bridge somewhere in Saskatchewan (or maybe it was Alberta??) and he stopped to try and save the passenger from the water. The person died and my brother was very traumatized by the whole thing. In fact, he changed a lot after that. It really impacts someone, eh??

My younger two and I were driving along once when a person had just jumped off the overpass we were driving under. I somehow quickly distracted them from the body laying on the highway and they are still none the wiser.


I remember when my three were two or so years old, we were at the mall, and we found a woman who had died parking her car - heart attack or something, she just kept driving in the parking lot and smashed into a barrier. Car was on, tires flat, woman slumped over the wheel. I called the ambulance and my three were in the stroller as I tried to figure out if she was alive (she definitely was not). The girls were enthralled with the fire truck/paramedics and the police officers that came to talk to me as I had to stick around until they arrived and were through with figuring out what happened. They don't of course even remember it, but I remember trying to figure out what to say. At age 5, they seem to be interested in death, though they don't of course understand it. But then it was hard enough for me, as this lady was going to Christmas shop at the mall and simply died. It touches everyone, but I think suicide is particularly devastating.

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