Bill and Chris have been good friends with Kelly and I for over 11 years. We always attended events together. They’ve been to our wedding, we’ve been to their wedding re-newels. As a group, we’ve participated in event parties, from union clambakes to back door barbecues. So when tragedy strikes, we can always depend on each other for comfort and support.
We realized how special they were when “Pops” passed away unexpectedly in September, 2007. They came up to comfort Kelly and offer support during her difficult period. We returned the favor this week when we got word that Chris’ sister, Colleen died suddenly on July 24th.
We met Colleen at one of Bill & Chris’ barbecues a few years ago. She lived not too far from us in Clay, New York when we resided there. Like Chris, Colleen inherited the family’s bubbly personality and it was hard not to like her.
She had two grown children and worked as a teacher’s aide, leaving an impressionable mark on the people she worked with. This was evident, as the Syracuse Police Department gave her procession an official escort from the funeral home in the city to the church and cemetery in Minoa. She volunteered her time with the Police. She also enjoyed scrapbooking, which Kelly got into quite well.
The fact that she was only 45 years old when she died made this even more of a tragedy. What should have been a “routine” surgery turned into a life-shattering event.
It made me realize that we should never take life for granted, that we need to make goals for ourselves & our future and make sure we live everyday like its our last day on earth.
I got a little off target with all of my goals, recently. I wanted to go to Hawaii, lose 50 pounds and complete my third screenplay/novel by the end of the summer. Upon re-evaluation, two of my three goals are not quite attainable (Hawaii is still a long way off and I still have another 48 lbs to go.). However, my screenplay is only 26 pages done, leaving another 100 pages to go, so it is possible for it to be done by the end of the summer.
The point is, I’m no longer going to sit around and cry about what I can’t get done anymore. I’m going to plan ahead, get the job done, and live my life to the fullest.