Friday, July 11, 2008


PASSING ON SOME OF MY GOOD FORTUNE
Remember a couple of weeks ago when I found $15 in one week? Technically, I suppose I have spent that money already, but in reality I hadn't actually spent the $5 or the $10 I found. I kept them tucked away in my wallet for something, maybe to bring me good luck in finding more, I don't know. Today, I figured out what to do with that money.
A woman I work with has recently had her life turned upside down. First, her husband who has been suffering from cancer for quite a while learned recently that it is back again, so he will have to go for more chemo. Then last weekend, 3 of their four kids were involved in a serious car accident. A young girl hit them head on when she was distracted by a bee in her car. One of the kids has a closed head injury and will have to go to a local rehab hospital to recover. Another has numerous broken bones, including a shattered femur, broken wrist, and broken ankle, all on different limbs. He too will continue to be hospitalized until he can be moved to the rehab hospital. A third child was lucky to have gotten only minor injuries.
And when it rains, it pours. A fourth child was driving home from working third shift and was headed to the hospital to visit his family when he apparently fell asleep driving, crossed the center line, and struck another vehicle, killing one of the occupants. Fortunately for him, his injuries were not serious. But still, this will haunt him forever, I'm sure.
Its times like this that make you realize how lucky you are. You have to wonder how one family can endure that much in, especially all at once.
Some people in the office are taking donations to help the family with incidental expenses while they are spending all their time at the hospital, which likely will be many months including the rehab time. I went ahead and added that $15 to the fund. I hope they get some kind of good luck from it.

12 comments:

Kona Shelley said...

Awwww Vickie...this is all very sad. I don't know how much pain we are supposed to endure either. I just know some of us have others to keep us up...you are just that person! You are very kind and the money that you found served it's purpose!!

SWTrigal said...

That is one of the saddest stories i have heard. Sounds like you paid it forward..

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

How tragic!

But a nice gesture with the $$ that you found.

cindy said...

I hope it helps them, too...you're a nice person :)

Christie said...

Oh man. That's horrible. I'm glad you found something good to do with the money.

Running Knitter said...

That's horrible news, but I'm glad you were able to contribute to help them out. You have a good heart.

WADDLER26.2 said...

What a story! Very thoughtful with the money/

Lily on the Road said...

Oh, I just have goosebumps trying to imagine what that poor family is going through, how awful.

Yup, money is made to pass around, good job on continuing the flow.

Paying it forward is always the best route to go.

Have a great weekend.

Marcy said...

:-( What a sad story, but that's awesome that you put that money towards something good!

Sunshine said...

Bless you!!

Sunshine said...

Appreciating your wonderful insightful comment about post-race food ...
You take good care of your nutrition ... No wonder you are a winner!!
You are an inspiration to Sweet Pea and me.

chia said...

I can't imagine how that would feel. Sure makes me even more thankful for the well-being of loved ones.

I sure hope that your coworker has a quick life upswing very soon. Sure know they deserve it after all that!

Much love!