Coping With DeathMy son has been playing hockey with a lot of the same kids for years now. They are friendly faces that we see on cold mornings throughout the winter. On Wednesday we got some horrible news. One of my sons friends father had passed away suddenly from a massive heart attack. He was only 45. It is so sad. He was happily married and a genuinely nice guy.....always with positive words for everyone. Always smiling.
My son decided he wanted to support his friend. He was very uncomfortable and scared by death. But he asked questions....many questions.......and he pondered.....and agonized......and he wanted to be there for his friend.
Several of the kids from the team showed up....all wearing their team uniforms in a show of support.
I'm pretty damn proud of my boy. He is 11. Many adults won't do what he did today.....He showed his buddy today what a real friend is.