Tuesday, April 17, 2007

And just like that, the world stops for a minute

I sit here in my classroom like I do every morning, and check my email.

And I get the message.

We lost a student. Graduate of 2005. Killed in the line of duty in Iraq.

I don't even think he was 20 years old.

I knew him, and my heart aches.

20 comments:

Wes said...

Hang in there T. It's tough for everyone. We can work harder to make this world a better place.

Chris said...

Man. You read so much about everything in the news and it sort of desensitizes you to it all. But when it's someone you know, it suddenly makes everything real. :/

My heart and prayer go out to his family.

IM Able said...

I am so very sorry, Sara.

Kurt said...

It is never easy. I remember still the time I had my first two marines die while we were off doing our stuff. Both were kids. I still remember it vividly even today.

I hope you are okay and you have my prayers.

Josh said...

That is terrible. Particularly in light of the tragedy at Virginia Tech.

21stCenturyMom said...

We just lost a local kid, too. Heartbreaking. He was in the class between my daughter and my son and they both knew him a little. My daughter called me in tears and said 'He was just a baby!'. Heartbreaking, just heartbreaking. What's worse is that he had emailed his parents the day before and said he didn't think we were doing much good over there. So very, very sad.

Lana said...

Ouch. My heart goes out to you. And to his family. So sorry.

Fe-lady said...

So sorry to hear about your former student...they all need to come home, and soon!

Eric said...

Sorry to hear that Sara. Andrew graduated in 2005. My heart is heavy for everyone who knew him.

rice said...

"just like that..."

Shalom.

Rice

tri-mama said...

Man that's tough. Prayer's for you and his family and friends, and a heartfelt thanks to all of the men and women who serve this country so faithfully.

TriShannon said...

Sorry to hear this news. You know you are always in my thoughts and prayers.

Cagey said...

I'm really sorry to hear about that young man.

Robin said...

I'm sorry to hear that, it's so hard when the losses become personal. My heart goes out to his family...

Kate said...

That's so sad- I am so very sorry. We forget that these things happen to people sometime.

Papa Louie said...

I am sorry to hear such tragedy. May his family be consoled by the love of God.
Peace in Him.

Running Jayhawk said...

::hugs::

Hang in there Sara...

Run for Chocolate said...

ouch.

Triteacher said...

I'm sorry to hear that. One of the hazards of the job. :(

Jodi said...

I agree with Chris. We hear about deaths in Iraq every single night on the news. After awhile you forget that those are people's brothers and husbands/wives, former students...

I am so sorry, Sara. Makes it so much more real.

Jodi