On Tuesday, Dear Husband joyfully volunteered to be a chaperon on a field trip. N was excited his group would only consist of him and his friend.
On Wednesday, Dear Husband was nearly an hour late getting home from work. I was beginning to worry and told myself I would give him 20 more minutes before calling the cops to see if he was involved in an accident.
15 minutes later, he pokes his head in the front door and asks the boys to go into the other room. The shirt he wore to work was meticulously crumpled up and in his hand. I could see in his face he was deeply shaken up about something.
M: "I was worried something had happened? Did you get in an acci....."
DH: "No I wasn't, but someone else was. Something told me I needed to stop. "
M: "Is everyone okay?"
DH: "Someone died on the scene. The worst part is, I'm almost positive I know the person who died."
I never would have guessed my son's friend and classmate would make news under such circumstances.
I never would have guessed my Dear Husband would spend a whole day with an amazing child, then the following day find his body lying dead in the middle of the freeway.
I never would have guessed I would be the person informing the school teacher and principal of what happened.
Wednesday morning, I never would have guessed I would spend 5 hours that evening in the ER at the bedside of the sister of my son's deceased friend; drawing pictures, making turkey balloons out of plastic gloves, caressing her hair and frequently kissing her forehead. Normally I don't do blood and guts, but when a girl's world has been ripped apart I do anything necessary to comfort her.
I never would have guessed I would sing the "Mommy loves me" song I sing to my children when they're sick or sad, to help comfort a child who wasn't my own.
I never would have guessed I would be one of five women allowed to attend a burial service that is traditionally NEVER attended by ANY women.
I never would have guessed a grieving mother would look at me, with tears in her eyes, and tell me my husband was the answers to her prayers. She prayed that an angel would come to comfort her after the accident and immediately my husband appeared.
I just never would have guessed.