…I had honestly deluded myself into believing that nothing like this could happen to us. And while it hasn’t directly, it is still extremely close to home.
A Yonkers Fire Firefighter , Patrick Joyce, was killed in the line of duty on Friday, October 2nd. He was a co-worker, friend, brother to my husband and it has rocked us all.
The funeral is tomorrow morning.
There is a brotherhood, a fraternity among the men that bonds them, that brings them and keeps them together during good and bad times. But there is also an unspoken connection among the wives. We know the fear, when you kiss your man goodbye not knowing if he’ll return. I’ve held my breath more times than I can count when I turn the new on and they say “breaking news”…fire in….I wait. In that 2 seconds until they say where, Brooklyn, Queens, NY, etc. I wait and pray.
I’m sure Tara Joyce did too…
Don’t get comfortable! Don’t think it (whatever that is) can’t happen to you. Anything can happen to anyone!!! Say, I love you as often as possible. Don’t get so worked up over the unwashed dishes, the garbage not taken out, the toilet seat left up. It sounds cliche’ but, it’s really true.
Tomorrow morning I will be thinking (among many other things) I’d rather wait another week to have that shelf put up and know he’s still here to do it.