Dec 11, 2008 3:04 AM GMT
Can I get a hug?
My day job is as a graduate student, working on my Ph.D. in Biochemistry.
Everything was lining up. We published a paper last week. One of my lab mates, Mel, graduated yesterday. The lab was looking good. Then…
My lab mate, my friend, Jen… was in a car accident last night. They hydroplaned and crashed off the highway into the trees. She got trapped in the car and was pronounced dead on the scene. Her husband is in the ICU here, he’ll be under observation for another day before being moved to a normal bed for a week. Then… he goes home to heal physically and start putting together the pieces of his brand new, shattered family.
She was going to have a son, Max, on her favorite musician, Bon Jovi’s birthday. She published her first scientific paper last week.
They say things happen for a reason… but right now, I don’t want to think there’s a reason for removing this wonderful, talented, vital person from the world. I don’t want to think there’s a reason that the world shouldn’t be made better by her presence, and her mind. Somehow, thinking that this was truly random, helps right now.
This is, I suppose, why you always want to make sure the ones you love, know it.