Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Update

Thank you all for your kind thoughts and comments on my last post.  I wish I had a happier update for us all, but my dear friend’s son passed away September 28th.  The injuries he sustained after being hit by a car while riding his bike home from school were simply too traumatic.  There are no words for a devastating loss like this.

My friend is one of the most generous and kind-hearted people I’ve ever met.  She is establishing a public awareness campaign about driving safely in school zones in loving memory of her son, Team T.O.M. (Take One Minute).  Accidents like Tom’s can be avoided if drivers just remember to be vigilant and cautious in school zones.

TT Ribbon

As for me, I’m doing what I can to help, which never feels like enough.  Everything else in my life is taking something of a back seat right now, which I know you totally understand.  At some point in the near future, I hope to get back to reading and commenting.  I’ve missed you.  In the meantime, hug your kids.  Treasure them.  And please, please, PLEASE drive safely!

24 comments:

Kate said...

How awful. I'm so sorry to hear this. I'll be keeping your friend (and you) in my prayers.

The Jesse said...

I was so sorry to hear about his passing. I think Team T.O.M. is AMAZING and I spread the message on my FB today :)

Take care, I'll be continuing to keep you, and the family of the young man, in my thoughts :)

Julie Arts said...

I'm so so sorry. My heart breaks for you and your friend and all involved. I will keep you all in my prayers.

CautiouslyAudacious said...

So sorry to hear that, I think anything people can do to spread the message is great! My brother commutes on his bike daily and it always scares me when I see drivers that just aren't paying attention. We will be here when you get back.

bobbi said...

This is just heartbreaking...you are all in my thoughts :(

Carrie @ Maine Mom on the Run said...

I am so sorry. I can't even imagine. I'm hugging my boys right now and counting my blessings.

Teamarcia said...

My heart and prayers go out to you, P, and Tommy's parents and family. How tragic and sad. Thinking of you.

Aimee said...

I am so sad to hear this. It is just such a tragic thing to happen. With 2 boys of my own I just can't even imagine. My thoughts go out to your friend's family.

runningonwordsblog.com said...

Oh P, my condolences. I hope that you and your friend can find some healing through Team T.O.M.

Lisa said...

What a tragic thing. I'm so sorry.

ratherthecouch said...

I'm so sorry to hear P! You're right - there are no words to express how tragic this is. I can't imagine how your friend must be feeling. Miss your blog posts, but (of course) completely understand. You're a good friend for making this your priority.

ajh said...

I am so sorry to hear this. I cannot imagine the grief you are all feeling. Take care.

Caratunk Girl said...

I am so sorry. I am keeping your friend and you in my thoughts and prayers.

Char said...

How very sad. So sorry for you and for your friend and family.

Alma said...

I'm so sorry for your friend and community. I really can't imagine losing a child. I SWEAR I always drive carefully (granny like).

Running Ricig said...

I'm so sorry for you and your friend!!

Christi said...

My prayers are with your friend, her family and with you.

Heather said...

I am so sorry to hear about your friend's son.

misszippy said...

What a horrible tragedy. Thinking of your friend, her family, and you.

Laura said...

You are your friends are in my thoughts and prayers for comfort. What an awesome way to honor a life though. I will admit I speed sometimes, but NEVER ever in school zones. It's a huge thing for me.

MCM Mama said...

I'm so sorry. You and your friend and her family are in my thoughts.

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Kara said...

I'm so sorry for both you and your friend!

JenWa098 said...

How tragic. I am so very sorry to hear of the loss both your friend and your family has experienced.