The intermingling of great joy and great sorrow goes on. My daughter told us ten days ago that she and her boyfriend plan to marry soon — this is a joy. Then she became unexpectedly unemployed and she had to focus on that, diverting attention from wedding plans. And there are various hassles with getting my son and his girlfriend moved into an apartment. The roller coaster of life. I was going to post about that when I had a chance.
But now the shock. Dan, a childhood friend of my son was killed yesterday in an auto crash. There was a five-year period when six boys gamed together every Friday night. For the first few years, the gaming was hosted by the Dan’s parents, and then later it moved to our house. Dan drifted away from the group about the time they graduated high school, and the other boys have not seen him much in recent years. My spouse and I remain friends with his parents through church and have seen Dan playing piano at church (he was a superb musician) and at his graduation party in May. It is hard to think of much else. Besides my son, I’m in communication with some of the other boys, including some who live elsewhere but happen to be planning to be in town this weekend. And church folks are exchanging messages about how to help out and funeral planning. I’ll be going over the parents’ house soon, food in hand. I don’t know whether they will want me to hang around for comfort, or leave them in the hands of people closer to them.