I’m sure we all have asked friends, family, neighbors the simple question-“what’s new “?
I did this just the other day and I’m still recovering.
I ran into a friend in a restaurant I had not seen in about six months and asked this simple question.
What’s new ?
His response floored me for a good couple days.
He said- “I killed my daughter”.
Inside I gasped.
What would you do ?
What would you say?
What would you be thinking ?
I really thought he was uttering frustration and the daughter (who I knew)(RIP) did something that bothered the heck out of him.
Then, I learned there was a tragic accident .
A freak accident that had occurred.
I’ll leave the details out of this, but I was fighting off tears.
The shock of the statement was the only thing that saved me.
I could see and feel the hurt.my friend was feeling.
To add salt to the wound, I found out later, his son was talking to his sister on the phone when this happened.
This was a tough dinner.
The food just didn’t taste the same.
After this bombshell, I found out four more BIG life events that had happened to him in the last few months.
- Someone we both knew was in jail
- Another person he knew and I knew of was also in jail
- Someone had used his home while he was out of town on an extended trip (without his knowledge)
- He now had a pit bull to deal with on a daily basis
Watch when you ask –What’s New ?
You never know what will come next.
Say a prayer for this family–would you ?
PS–Count your blessings–let go of your problems. Compared to all of this–they aren’t that bad !