Thursday, October 07, 2010

But I just saw him last Tuesday!

My former boss, Ed, and I had lunch last week. He was in such good spirits. We talked about how he and his wife spent their 30th anniversary in Hawaii, about his daughter's upcoming nuptials, about how he's been out of work for nearly 3 years now but is still looking -- it surprises him that people think he's retired.

Right before lunchtime, I received this email from him:

"I have been trying to figure out a way of telling people that last week our daughter was disgnosed with leukemia last week. We are in New York and plan on being here for a while. She has had 7 chemo treatments and will have followup when her strain is totally diagnosed. We are stilll in shock. Whole thing came on very quickly."

This is such monumentally sobering news that I haven't processed it completely yet. Life changes on a dime, doesn't it? We can't take anything for granted.