Thursday, March 19, 2009

Striking Close to Home...

I'm very sad today about the passing of the lovely Natasha Richardson. Emily and I are huge fans of The Parent Trap, one of the movies we love to watch on an occasional girls' night in. We also loved her in Maid in Manhattan. Our hearts are broken for her family, especially her husband and children who are so very young to lose their mother.

What happened to Natasha strikes particularly close to home for us because my father suffered a similar traumatic brain injury in January—with a much different outcome.

Since he's thirty years older than Natasha and he was on aspirin therapy when he had his accident, it's even more miraculous to me now that he survived such a serious injury. It's even more miraculous that he appears to have made an almost full recovery.

These things come out of nowhere. One minute a person is perfectly healthy, the next they're fighting for their life. I remember the instant I received the phone call that something had happened to my father at his winter home in Florida. Since the news hit about Natasha, all I've been able to think about is Liam Neeson getting the phone call that changed his life forever.

God bless them all.


Cheryl Brooks said...

The death of a loved one is difficult enough when you expect it, but something like that is devastating to more than just the family. It reminds us just how fragile and precious a life can be.

Marie Force said...

You're so right, Cheryl. Perhaps her legacy will be that the next time someone is wondering if they should have what feels like a nothing injury checked, they will think of her and go to the ER.

donna said...

Tragic, it's truly tragic.
It reminds me of the Tim Mcgraw song.
"Live like you're dying". We have to make everyday special. Live it with Gusto!!!!
My heart goes out to Liam, their Kids, her Mom Vanessa Redgrave and the whole family.
You just never think a bump on the head can kill you. Hopefully people will go to the ER. I'm sure Cheryl you see this situation everyday.
A b

Judy F said...

Its so sad. Just breaks my heart. Life is so fleeting.

I can't imagine what they are going through.