My nephew's wife teaches at the elementary school I went to as a child. A small world, right? Last week her friend, one of the 1st grade teachers, died unexpectedly. She was only 33 years old and 32 weeks along in her pregnancy when something went terribly wrong. The baby girl died too. Her husband is also a teacher at that school and I can only imagine how sad it is for everyone.
I'm sure all of the students were eagerly anticipating the birth of this beloved teacher's baby. Now everyone has to try to be brave and help the widower through his grief, made even more sad with the coming holidays.
I don't know either one of these teachers but my heart goes out to them and their families. Maybe it's the joy I have in my heart for my grandson that makes a story like this feel like it hits close to home even though I don't know them. It's just so very sad.