My Brother in Law was in a car accident yesterday. He is okay, which is honestly amazing. He was driving to work when he blacked out. he has diabetes and when his sugars get out of whack, this can happen. It is not something we ever think of, something that is just a far off possibility.
The story of what happened in long, and detailed and my sisters story to tell. He is fine. So fine that he didn't have to go to the hospital or anything. We had normal dinner last night...life was not changed. But it could have been. It was so close. Isn't it amazing how one small thing can change everyones life around you. I have been so fortunate in life. I have lost one cousin, which was terrible, but I was so much younger when it happened that it was different that it would be now. Just this summer I lost my first grandparent, and although it was very difficult, it was easier knowing he had such a full and wonderful life.
The idea of losing someone now, someone like Nick, my sisters, my family, my friends...I cannot begin to imagine. As an adult you realize how important the people in your life are. You understand the astronomical absence that would occur within you if you lost a pillar in your life. I am not who I am on my own. I am supported by a very close knit group of people. They make me, me. Sometimes when there are close calls, like Chris's wreck, it reminds you of how fragile life is, and how fortunate we are.