Two weeks ago I published my last blog post.  The content emphasised the ordinariness of my day.  I had made breakfast and a new batch of gluten-free muesli.  My day continued in a similar vein as I did some housework and then spent time in the garden.

I came in to the kitchen just before 5pm so that I could begin preparing dinner and the phone rang.  My younger daughter had just found out that her partner had died suddenly and unexpectedly.  To say that her world had been turned upside-down would be an understatement.

At times like this everything else becomes totally irrelevant.  30 minutes later I had showered and packed a bag.  GMan had booked a flight for me and we headed to the airport.  I flew interstate to be with my girl at what was undoubtedly the most difficult time of her life.

She has received an enormous amount of love, support and strength from family, friends and work colleagues.

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On Monday we farewelled ‘the tall guy’ who was on the threshhold of the rest of his life and my daughter has lost her life-partner.  He was much loved and an inspiration to many.

Rest in peace.

I cannot end this post without a reference to the health condition which contributed to his death.  This link explains a little about Marfan Syndrome.  The incidence is apparently about 1 in 5,000 which is more common than I realised.

6 thoughts on “Unexpected

  1. OMG what an absolutely terrible thing your daughter had to go through, so lucky to have such wonderful supportive parents – BIG hugs to all of you at this very sad time xx

  2. I am so very sorry to hear this news, your daughter is very blessed to have you to support her through the loss of her partner. Sending you all love and hugs xoxo

  3. sorry to hear about your daughter’s loss. Most people don’t understand about the complications about Marfan’s Syndrome, even though a lot of the top basketball players have it. Many hugs for you both.

  4. My more sincere condolences. I cannot bear to think of the pain your whole family is feeling and will continue to feel for so very long. A life lost early is shockingly hard to accommodate and reconcile. My heart is so warmed by your love and support and being there for her – it’s a small drop in the ocean, but she is SO lucky to have you both. Not all my peers have their mothers, and I mourn that for them so very often.

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