Just yesterday, on my Blogspot journal, I wrote concerning the sorrow I felt at the dying of a message-board acquaintance. I happen to have met him a few years back, but even if I had not, I would have grieved at the passing of such a nice fellow; he was loved by everyone, and his sweetness and good humor showed through on his posts to the forum.
Today I learned of the passing of the husband of one of my longtime AOL acquaintances, and thought about the fact that the more people we know, the more messages of grief we're going to receive.
I never met these folks face to face, but I feel I know them well. When I was sending out daily poems, Patty said Bob was anxious to read them. They've made a habit of keeping up with my goings-on, here in my journal.
Such a sad thing, totally unexpected here. Patty and Bob were active and busy, and I really never thought of losing one of them any time soon.
Then there's the recent illness of my friend, Lona, who is still recuperating slowly but surely.
We'd better enjoy one another, folks, while we can.
Reminds me of James 4:13-14 in the King James version of the Bible:
"13: Go to now,
ye that say, today or to morrow we will go into such a city, and
continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
14: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is
your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time,
and then vanisheth away."