Ran over to the Rec Center today to drop something off. Ran into a former colleague who had retired several years ago. Haven't seen her in awhile. She is also a bereaved parent. We got to talking about different things and she said, "How are you doing?" And I responded "Ok."
Then she said "No, how are you REALLY doing?"
(That doesn't happen often. )
The next thing she said was "Today it is 23 years since my son died." (he was killed in a car accident).
A serendipitous meeting, I think. 23 years later, and I'm sure that it has been on her mind today, but how (and WHO) do you talk to about this? I'm guessing she wouldn't bring this up to just anybody.
We had a nice talk and agreed to be "friends" on facebook to keep in touch.
Driving home, thinking about her son, and thinking about and missing Melissa, I started crying. (I do that A LOT in the car). The next song on the radio was "Reach out, I'll be there" by the Four Tops.
Interestingly enough, this is the third time in the last few weeks this has happened. This is the "new" song she is sending me. (I tend to listen to lyrics a lot more closely in the last 4 years...) I just know it's her telling me she's always here for me...
REACH OUT, I'LL BE THERE by The Four Tops