Yesterday I woke up with a sour stomach. I knew the time had come. I finally succumbed to the stomach flu. It has been a week since my family brought it into the house, a week of taking care of puking children and a puking husband. I was praying that before it hit full force I would be able to get Kaleb up to his doctor appointment at Dartmouth and back. I couldn't post pone this one. So I loaded up Brady, who is still battling diarrhea, and Kaleb and we made the long drive up. As I was sitting in the doctor's office my sister Jenny called. I had just chatted with her on the way up so it made me wonder why she was calling again. I had to ignore her call as I was in the middle of talking to the doctor. Then I felt my phone vibrate again, this time she left a text message. I told myself I would look at it when I was done with the doctor. 15 minutes later I walked out with Brady into the lobby while Kaleb finished up and looked at my phone. This is what it said..."Becky, have you spoken to Lisa King? I can't believe what I am reading on face book is true...did Aaron really pass away last night?!?" I was in shock. I called Jenny right away and said "WHAT?!?" She read me Lisa's post on face book about her husband passing away from what they think was a major heart attack. How could that be? How could this happen to THEM? Just four short months ago they said goodbye their sweet son Noah. He was 10 years old and a lot like Ben. It was a hard loss...especially for his dad. I can't help but think that he must have died of a broken heart. So there I was, in the middle of this lobby, outside the doctor's office SOBBING! And wanting to vomit. I ran out of there as fast as I could...and I couldn't get home fast enough. I needed to write to Lisa, to tell her just how sorry I am, even though what I wanted to do is get on the first plane out and fly there in person so that I could wrap my arms around her. But instead I curled up on the couch with my fever and vomiting and sobbed some more.
I've never met Lisa and Aaron in person because they live in Australia, but we've become as close as you could possibly be without ever meeting. Steve and I were planning on flying to Tasmania for our 20th Wedding Anniversary in 18 months so we could finally meet them.
Now I'll be going alone...someday soon I hope.
I love you Lisa King! You will NEVER get over this...but with the help of your Heavenly Father, your family and your friends, you WILL get through this.
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