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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Saturday

Like a lot of people, I've been completely blown away by this over the past 24 hours or so...I can honestly challenge the "too young" sentiments that are going around. I was 43 when I had my heart attack. It's not too young. Not when there are risk factors involved. (Like the Red Dress campaign slogan "heart disease doesn't care what you wear," it also doesn't care how old you are.)

But I'll tell you, I agree that it was too SOON. He and his family, and even those of us in the nation deserved a longer time...more time. Of course, that's my opinion, and I know that when we're called, our opinions on the matter don't matter much at all...

Still. It's a hard, and sad thing.

I've knit and worked on my bags today. But I've just been very sad. Tim Russert will be missed...

So I'll leave you with the Royal Personage who inhabits my home. She has been a support and a reason to smile today.
Here she is on one of her favorite perches today - a suitcase still packed with art from the move (no, it's not up on the walls yet). Moments before she'd been stretched full length to try to get to the top of the dresser. She knows Mommie doesn't like that...

Harrrummph! And I don't much care that Mommie doesn't like it, either

4 Comments:

Blogger Geraldine said...

If there is a plus side to having a heart attack, I think it must (hopefully) makes a person much more aware of how short and fragile life can be.

It's awful that you endured a tragedy like this at such a young age too. But I am SO happy that you lived to tell the tale and to really LIVE every day. This comes through so clearly, that you do and it is a lesson for all of us. Meezer is so lucky to have a wonderful mom like you and we are all so lucky to share your life, via blogland! Huggs, G

www.mypoeticpath.wordpress.com

1:59 PM  
Blogger La Cabeza Grande said...

I watched a half-hour or so of the NBC tribute to Mr. Russert, though he probably would've preferred "Tim," as those who knew him said he was down to earth.

With regard to age, Doris Kearns-Godwin recalled something that Rose Kennedy told her after losing 3 of her sons. Paraphrasing here, she said it was not the years here but the quality of the life lived in their time on earth.

6:58 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Like you I felt a personal loss at hearing of his death . I pray now that his legacy of honest, fair and studied journalism will be followed more by his cohorts and replacement. I believed him, and haven't always had that same feeling of trust with some other news reports.

10:03 AM  
Blogger Knitting Linguist said...

Cats never do seem to care about what we want, do they? It's true that a heart attack at such an early age feels like it's far too soon...

3:59 PM  

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