When someone you have known, cared for and appreciated more than words can say for years now — someone who has been part of your life — suffers from a sudden family tragedy, the words are not easy to find, the vocabulary inadequate.
Therefore there is not much to be said right now. Today’s regular schedule was just that at work, while there was always an undercurrent of concern, wondering how things were with my friend, how he was bearing up — what there was to know. Our conversation just now on the phone was heartfelt, and I was glad to be there for him though I felt I could offer little but an ear, and felt that the emotion would carry me away too. And it did, and there’s no shame in saying that.
In such a situation, you can but offer to be there, as best as possible. And there is no perfection in times like this. There simply is friendship, and the desire to do right by someone who has always done right by you, someone who deserves the best in all things.
Stay strong, B. We are all there for you.