Life

I’m sure that all of us were really struck by the sudden death of Tim Russert on Friday. Today still, I am so sad and disturbed by it. Just thinking about Election night this year seems impossible, knowing he won’t be there with his white board.

But I’m not going to eulogize him here – I’m sure we’ve all had enough of that over the course of the weekend. Instead, it’s one of the things about his sudden death that I will write about because it could happen to anyone.

And surely it’s one of the main points of Bennett’s “Feminine Mistake” book – the fact that Russert left for work on Friday morning and never came back.

Has this been haunting anyone else all weekend – as they look over at their husband – even if they don’t really like their husband in that particular moment?

Because it haunted me all weekend long.

The fact that this man with all the money, education and resources for a top team of doctors – and WITH a top team of doctors monitoring him – still dropped dead so suddenly – gives cause for pause.

There’s not much more I can say about it, really. That’s life, right? We have no idea what’s going to happen and we are constantly told by those who have learned the hard way – that we should just appreciate everything we have – in the moment.

It seems that Russert did just that – which is partly why he was such a gregarious and beloved person – but still – I can’t stop thinking about his wife and son and the fact that he never came home from work on Friday.

 

2 Responses to Life
  1. DC
    June 17, 2008 | 3:14 am

    KT – I can’t get over the sadness of Tim Russert’s sudden death either. For me, it followed on the heels of hearing that a work acquaintance had a heart attack and died at work, before the ambulance even arrived. How do wise women deal with news like this? How do we process the reminder that everything can be taken away in one moment? I really have no idea. Other than to go home and hug your baby, kiss your husband, call your mom, tell them all you love them and then count your blessings.

  2. punditdad
    June 17, 2008 | 3:52 am

    KT, men have to get REGULAR cholesterol checks and blood pressure checks. Punditdad is sad about TR and doesn’t believe that NBC Universal will ever be the same but man, the husbands have to get checked out because the guy had an enlarged heart and I gotta think he must have had really high blood pressure. Don’t wait until your forties to get checked out.

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