Sunday, May 18, 2008

Go hug your husband. Right now.

When we moved into our current neighborhood, almost four years ago, we couldn't believe how nice some of our neighbors were. We had never lived in a neighborhood where people actually said "welcome" and introduced themselves. Four years later, we've made some great friends.

We went for a walk this morning, stopped across the street to visit our neighbors, Dave and Sharon, and return some foil they let us borrow last night. Three hours later, Dave was gone. The details don't really matter in terms of this post except that he died very suddenly and no one expected it. I'm still waiting for Sharon to walk up my porch steps and tell me it was all a misunderstanding and he's fine. It's been a hard day, thinking about how different the neighborhood will be without Dave here to keep us up to date on all of the gossip, showing up at my door with sweet treats and yard sale finds for my girls, and just being the kind of neighbor everyone wants to have. He was a good neighbor, a good friend, and a good man.

Spending time with Sharon off and on today has made me realize how suddenly life can change. My heart hurts for her. She's such a good person and a wonderful wife, I'm sick to my stomach tonight after seeing her in so much pain today. I don't know what the next few days, weeks, and months will bring for our close-knit neighborhood, but I do know that I love my husband more tonight than I did this morning.

8 comments:

Denise said...

It's scary how suddenly life can change, in the matter of a second! I'm so sorry for the loss of your dear neighbor and my heart goes out to his wife and family.

Shanna (aka sjl202) said...

I am so so sorry for the loss of your sweet neighbor! My thoughts and prayers are w/ his family and friends and neighbors! HUGS!

Tonya said...

Oh Kelci, I am so sorry : ( How devastating this must be for y'all. You and your neighbors will be in my prayers.

jona said...

Oh Kelci, that is so sad. My heart goes out to your neighbors. They will be in my prayers.

Kristi said...

Oh my. I'm so sorry to hear about your sweet friend and neighbor. My prayers are with all of you! HUGS!!!

Carrie said...

I am so sorry Kelci. Please tell your neighbor, Sharon, that she will be in my thoughts and prayers. In times like these, whenever someone says "I understand" you never really believe them, but in my case, my father passed away unexpectedly in December this year (like your neighbor Dave, he went to work and two hours later he was dead), and my heart aches for her and her loss. I've seen and know what my own mother is going through right now, and Sharon will be in my thoughts and prayers frequently!

Shana said...

Sorry to hear about your loss. Death somehow reminds us how precious our time really is. My thoughts are with you and his family and friends. Take care.

Anonymous said...

Wow Kelci, that is so sad about your neighbor. I'm so sorry for your communities' loss. (((HUGS)))
~JESS (BBC j_essica)