Numerical Knitting

November 6, 2006

Dear Melissa

Filed under: General — by bethc @ 9:54 pm

Dear Melissa,

The last week has certainly thrown me for a loop. I am rarely speechless (ask anyone) but this has done it. Young women aren’t supposed to have heart attacks. You were supposed to enjoy Halloween, not be in some ICU.
In addition to speechless, I feel so helpless. I hardly know you. You’re married to someone I work closely with. Even though I had the best intentions, I have yet to even have you all over for dinner.

Helpless… It doesn’t seem right for me to spend endless hours at the hospital. I collected money and got some gift cards, but it feels like nothing. I just don’t know what to do or say.
My life goes on, I go through the motions, but all the time there is the thought of you. Of your young students waiting for you to return. Of your family and close friends by your bed wishing the best for you. Of you, what are you going through? What more can your body take?

So Melissa, the only thing I can do is write and let you know that all the time you are in my thoughts…


  1. I think you did exactly the right thing. I remember when my husband was in the hospital dying, I didn’t need one more person there that I had to worry about…but the few dear friends who stayed quietly in the background and supported me, they eased my burden and meant the world to me.

    Life is such a precious gift and we tend to forget that in the bustle of our everyday lives. Thank you for reminding me.

    I will keep Melissa in my thoughts, too, and will send energy her way.

    Comment by Yvonne — November 7, 2006 @ 9:41 pm |Reply

  2. I may not know Melissa, but I do know how hard it is to have family in the hospital. Positive thoughts always help. I will be sending them her way.

    Comment by Amber — November 8, 2006 @ 10:10 am |Reply

  3. How sad. I’ll be keeping her and her family in my thoughts.

    Comment by SP9 Secret Pal — November 10, 2006 @ 9:15 am |Reply

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