Playdate? Sometimes. Usually on the weekends. Almost exclusively on the weekends.

After Church yesterday, we called a couple of our son’s “cousins”. One couldn’t come over for a playdate simply because the Family was exhausted from the week’s activities. Been there, done that. Completely understand.

The other friend couldn’t come over because he was busy too. He was attending a school function of sorts.

Many of his classmates would be gathering together to honor one of their teachers.

Just six days earlier, school started and it is an exciting time for third graders across Central Florida.

But not today. Not by a long shot.

Their third grade teacher passed away in her sleep after the first day of school.

I can not fathom their sense of loss, the heartache, the confusion. Can’t begin to understand what the teacher’s family must be going through.

All I can do is humble myself and pray. Pray for them. And pray we don’t squander this day. Carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.