Sunday, July 25, 2021


 The weekend has been one of phone calls. Since I tend to leave my phone off when not in use, I was surprised to have three messages and a text on Friday. A call to a worried cousin relayed news of a terrible accident out west involving another cousin's wife who died after falling overboard from a fishing boat on a family vacation. Her family is stunned and planning a funeral they never anticipated.

A second message from my maternal uncle about the situation led me to try and call him back only to discover that in the interim, he had had a heart attack and undergone a cardiac catherization in a hospital near his home. He has been released and is enjoying some of the Olympic Games in Tokyo from the comfort of his living room, though weak and tired.

I feel for all concerned in both situations and though I will not be traveling anywhere and all are out of state, I will be writing. At times like this I wonder at the randomness of life and how anything for anyone can change in a heartbeat. I hope those who are traveling will be safe and remain well.


Ms. Moon said...

In a heartbeat. Or in-between two of them.
I am so sorry to hear of these events. How unbelievable!

Elephant's Child said...

What dreadful calls to receive. I am glad that your maternal uncle is home again but yes, how quickly things change.
Look after yourself please.

Live and Learn said...

Such difficult news for your family. Life can change in an instant and we need to appreciate what we have today.

Boud said...

So true. I hope the best for your uncle's health and the people trying to cope with such a sudden terrible mishap.

Wisewebwoman said...

Sorry to hear this bad news, E. It must be so distressing for all concerned and then your uncle to suffer as well, was the cousin his daughter?



e said...

This was a cousin's wife, not my uncle's daughter. Thanks for your condolences. My uncle is now under the watchful eyes of his own family at home.

LL Cool Joe said...

So sorry to hear about your bad news. Yes life can change in the blink of an eye, literally when it comes to my eyes too.

I hope your uncle improves.

37paddington said...

I'm so sorry the loss of your cousin. May your uncle be well. Yes, life turns on a dime, and all we can do is meet it. No amount of trying to prepare will spare us.

Martha said...

I'm so sorry for all the bad news. Life is so unpredictable and can change in the blink of an eye.

The bike shed said...

Your comment on the randomness of life brought to mind the famous Helen keller quote.

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

I'm not sure I agree with it entirely but there is much truth in what she says. As for me, I have to accept that much of life is a lottery more than it is for or just.

Stay well and stay strong.
Best wishes from Wales.
P.S. It occurred to me in writing this that you must be among my first ever blog followers

jenny_o said...

It's unfortunately so very true that life can change in a flash. I remember after my father's severe stroke, I was walking through town and it seemed surreal that everyone was going about their business and yet his life had completely and irrevocably changed in a very short time. An accident is even faster. I hope your uncle is doing better now, and my condolences to you and your family on your loss. I'm glad you are not travelling. I really believe in the power of words to bring comfort. Correspondence is something that can be kept and re-read many times, and many people value that just as much as physical presence. Stay safe, e.