Thursday, March 19, 2009


I don't know why this recent story in the news has affected me so much. I have MSNBC as my home page (so I'm not completely lost in the dark in this crazy world) and yesterday when I read the headline that said Natasha Richardson has died, I felt my heart drop.
It's weird to be affected because I didn't really follow her career or anything. I mean I knew who she was, but can't say I was really a fan or anything.
I think it might have something to do with the fact that she died from a skiing accident, and that the cause of her death was blunt trauma to the head. It brought back memories of 3 years ago when my uncle, my Mom's baby brother, was killed in a bicycle accident. He was young, with a wife and five young kids.
I remember how surreal it was to think that he was really gone. My aunt and their kids have done amazingly well. They are such a strong family.
I'm thinking of Uncle Sam, today.

14 comments:

Kristina P. said...

I know! It's such a tragedy. And I think the thing that struck me is that she appeared to be doing fine and it looked like a minimal accident.

And I don't know if I wished you a happy birthday on Monday, so happy belated birthday!!

Alyson (New England Living) said...

This affected me too. The thing that got me was the fragility of life. It's so precious.

I'm sorry about the loss of your uncle. That is a tragedy.

Heidi Ashworth said...

For some reason, I really related to this too. Maybe it is because she isn't your typical hollywood star--she lived in Connecticut with her husband of 15 years, they were so in love, they have two adolescent sons, and it was something that could have happened to any of us, yet, at the same time, we expect "stars" to have charmed lives and be unaffected by ordinary things. Dying of a drug overdose is shocking and sad but not totally unexpected and certainly avoidable. We all like to think we will be "safe" as long as we don't do dumb things. It's very sad.

Cynthia said...

I am so sorry about your Uncle's accident and passing. I cannot imagine how hard it's been for everyone.

I just found out (thank you Facebook!) my oldest cousin on Mom's side is in the hospital in Alaska with a similar head injury. Steven, his wife Kathy and their oldest son Jay were in an accident with a semi-truck. Steve's in a drug induced coma which they did until they could figure out the extent of the damage. Family is en route to Alaska now.

If anyone is willing to pray for them, we could use the prayers. His wife Kathy broke her back in 3 places and has other injuries.

So yeah, the death of Natasha is on my mind too for the same reason as you. I just pray we have a different outcome.

DeNae said...

This was a situation where I related because she is essentially my same age. And ditto to everything else. Life is precious.

Motherboard said...

Umm. Yeah. I must live under a rock, 'cause I have no clue who she is.

Sorry to hear about your Uncle. That sort of sucks...

Mikki said...

Her name is familiar to me, but I couldn't place her. You know, what she starred in or whatever. But I too, was still saddened. Life is so fragile, and we take so much for granted.

Sage said...

I can't even imagine what her husband and children must be going through. Sad.

..And on a completely different note, Happy Belated Birthday!

Erin said...

When things like that hit close to home, it really makes me think. I'm sorry for the loss of your uncle.

On a completely unrelated note, my word ver is "unescube". I thought of you and Hawaii with that one!

Nick and Stacey said...

I too keep thinking that same thing! it is crazy how quickly someones life can change! Although I am like you and only know of her, I feel for her family, that must be so hard!

Andrea said...

I HATE when things like this happen because I am a worry-wart, and it seems like just when I kind of talk myself into calming down, a small injury turns into a big deal. I am happy that your aunt and their kids are doing well. I always wonder when I hear on the news of someone leaving a family how they will take it and what life would be like for them in a year.

Melissa said...

What a weird story right? I've been a little freaked myself. This morning Fox news network was talking about this could happen with basically bump to the head. Now seriously on the worry train.

I'm sorry about Uncle Sam.....

Jen K said...

I think it's because we think of movie stars on a different level. Sometimes they don't seem real. It just goes to show that ANYTHING can happen to ANYBODY at ANYTIME, even movie stars. I was also affected by the NFL players that were lost at sea.

tiburon said...

It is so sad :(