Sunday, October 01, 2006

Blink/Change

A week ago 17-year-old Henry was a healthy, active kid with lots of friends, a close family, and the world at his doorstep. But early yesterday morning Henry died from severe injuries received last Sunday on a rain-soaked Atlanta road when another car lost control and slammed Henry's car into oncoming traffic. He held on for almost a week, with massive brain and internal damage. Though the result of the accident reached its conclusion in Saturday's wee hours, the point at which everything changed - for Henry, for his family, friends, and acquaintances - was the instant his car hit the other car.

That's how change - bad or good - happens, even when we're not paying attention or aware of some event a block, a city, a world away from us. In a blink. An instant. A nanosecond. A lottery win or a devastating investment loss taking us down another life-path - blink! A brilliant idea out of nowhere or a momentary lapse resulting in a serious mistake changing our careers - blink! One right word, one wrong word affecting a relationship forever - blink!

It makes for interesting after-dinner-and-several-glasses-of-wine conversation, but we'd live in constant paralysis if we thought too much about stuff like this. We do what we can, but we just have to get on with things, day by day the best we know how. But tucked way back in our brains, we know that everything can change in the blink of an eye.

This time last week, Henry was healthy and alive. So was that young woman at the high school in Bailey, Colorado. This week, families and friends are completely gutted and heart-broken. But in the same week, babies were born, new jobs acquired, folks who hated each other started talking again, fortunes made.

Blink.

8 comments:

jomoore said...

What a powerful, thought-provoking post, Mary. But you're right. Not too much thought...

Joy Des Jardins said...

Sometimes it hits you just how precarious life is. It's just THAT frightening. BLINK! This was a wonderful post Mary...one of those reality checks that we all need from time to time as we go about our everyday "living"...not paying much attention to anything else. Thanks Mary.

Elsie said...

Wow.

Winston said...

Powerful stuff, Mary...

Don't blink...

chux said...

oh yes .............tragedy and jubilation seem to run side by side.

thanks for the post
Chux

Elsie said...

When I saw the news last night, those little Amish girls, all I could think (for them and their families) was wait, wait....don't blink. This one's sticking with me. Hopefully, I'll never again take anything for granted.

MaryB said...

Thanks, all. Sometimes it's hard to remember that there's good blink stuff, too.

And the news of those Amish girls - sheesh! Are people just crazier now than they used to be or was this stuff always happening and we didn't hear about it? (I find that hard to believe - )

Elsie said...

Mary, I never forget there are good things, being one of those pie-in-the-sky people, and probably why I take things for granted. I expect the good and am always shocked by the bad. Don't want you to think you're bummin' us out here in bloggersville. A blink and a wink to you.