Thursday, May 6, 2010
Living in the society we do today has opened up quite a few doors with regard to communication. This being said, possibly my two favorite things that I think I could not function without checking each day are Facebook and the blogs I follow. Maybe I'm nosy, but I like to stay informed and on top of that fact, I've gotten lazy with my phone calls and e-mail writing. I've said all of this to say, a young woman that I have always considered to be a friend took her own life a couple of days ago. And when I say friend, I mean that we have known each other since we were 5 but probably haven't seen each other face-to-face in 6-ish years. We used Facebook to communicate... constantly commenting on statuses or our children's pictures. My dilemma comes in with do I go to the funeral home and pay my respects to a person that I wasn't really that close to or do I say my prayers for her family in the privacy of my home. I don't want to seem disrespectful to her truly close family and friends with my presence when most of them have forgotten me in the years since I lived in that small town. But I also don't want her life to pass by without recognizing that there were definitely times we shared together. Unfortunately, this dilemma seems to be a recurrent one and that saddens me. I'm probably superstitious but I believe the old wive's tale that death comes in threes. It already has this spring. And it saddens me that people die so young when it seems that they are really just starting their life.