Sometimes the heart breaks into a million little pieces

My phone just rang at work and it was my mom in Tallahassee. I could tell something was terribly wrong when I heard her voice. My cousin Renee has two boys both of whom are on active duty in Afghanistan. Last night, her oldest son was killed in an attack on their tent which caught fire from an explosive device and apparently killed all the men inside. I can’t tell you how it makes my heart hurt to think about the profound grief Renee and her parents are going through. It will be about a week they said before they are able to get his body home, and her younger son will accompany him on the trip.

I remember meeting Anthony last year when we went to Tallahassee. He seemed like such a really good guy, very personable, great sense of humor, somebody you enjoyed being around. I remember how Renee hugged him – the love for her son and her joy at having him home a short while was palpable. And now he is gone, too, too soon.

Mom broke down crying when she started remembering what it felt like when her brothers were away at war and she worried about them every day. And I can deal with almost anything in the world – except hearing my own mother cry. It is killing me right now that I’m not there to hug her and reassure her and just let her know that she is not alone.

Oh, this is never the way I want to start a day ….

5 thoughts on “Sometimes the heart breaks into a million little pieces

  1. Oh Boyd, I am so sorry to hear this.

    So many good people go far too early, and it sounds like Anthony was definitely a good man.

    I will hold you, Miss Hazel, Renee, and all your family in my thoughts today.

  2. Such hard news to hear. I remember when my friend lost her oldest son in Iraq. It broke her heart.

  3. Oh, Boyd, my heart breaks with you, and for that dear boy. You know what I think of that dreadful war – and the wonderful young men and women that are sent to fight in it. I am holding all of you in my heart. xxxxx

  4. What sad news for your family and our country. Every loss we have in that awful war is one more too many. As a mom of two boys myself, I can only imagine what your cousin is going through. It is too much for a mother to bear. My heart goes out to her and your family.

  5. Boyd- wanted you to know I’m hold your family in prayer. I’m so sorry for the loss of your cousin.

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