My Grandmother always told me she dreaded Novembers – in her later life, at any rate. For her, November was the month when death and illness was most present; the month when she attended the most funerals, and had to make the most hospital visits.
Well, this September’s got a head start on November for us. They say bad things happen in threes, but September has left “3” in the dust and is showing no signs of slowing down.
We had three pieces of bad news last week alone, and in quick succession:
- First, my former co-worker, who moved back to Bangladesh several years ago and who was undergoing treatment for cancer, died suddenly of a heart attack evidently caused by the treatments. She was only in her mid-50s.
- We then found out that my dear friend L, one of the loveliest, kindest, most beautiful women I had the joy to know, is now critically ill following her own (so we thought) successful cancer treatments. She has very little time left.
- And then, most shocking of all, news that one of Junkii’s colleagues lost a young son in a horrifying collision between a bus and train in Ottawa. Another life cut tragically short.
That was last week. Then today, I arrived to work only to learn that the young Canadian woman who was killed in the unfathomable Westgate Mall hostage situation in Nairobi was the niece of yet another of my colleagues.
So much death and suffering in such a short time. Sometimes life is unbearably, brutally cruel.
We’re up to four “bad things” already, which is giving me a very uneasy feeling about another situation that’s unfolding. My friend Jackie, who last year married a Haitian man living in the Dominican Republic, recently flew to DR for the winter. She left in early August and isn’t expected back in Canada until March. But no one has heard from her since she left – not her brother, not her friends.
We’re hoping that she’s simply got her toes buried in the sand as she relaxes on a beach somewhere. She said before leaving that her internet connection would be non-existent and there could very easily be phone problems as well, but given the past week’s events, you can understand why we’re fretting.
Hopefully we’ll hear back from her brother soon that Jackie is safe and sound, and that this spate of “bad things” is over for a while… and not just until November.