A couple of weeks ago, when Chris was taking Austin to daycare, he was greeted by a lady on staff there with, “Did you hear about Miss Marsha?” Marsha is one of Austin’s teachers, a wonderful woman. Her husband had suddenly passed away, she said. “It was on the news.” The message was kind of cryptic, and obviously trying to be respectful of Marsha’s privacy, while at the same time delivering information to parents. A letter was sent home, and with a little digging here and there, we were able to determine what happened.
Last week, we were able to confirm what we had learned. Marsha’s husband had been shot in front of their home, and killed. It appears to have been a crime spree, and the suspects are in custody. In the scheme of things, we don’t need to know details. What we know is that this woman and her two sons are suddenly on their own. We know how terrible the grief must be, and how confusing it can be to look at your life and your future when something like this happens. How do you go on when tragedy strikes?
When things like this happen, there’s always a feeling of helplessness. I l have seen a few tragic things happen recently, and always feel slightly awkward about how to offer support. I always wish there was more I could do to ease the pain for the people suffering. Besides prayer, sympathy cards, and well wishes, what can be done? One of the mothers of another little boy in Austin’s class decided that more could be done, and she created a website. Last week, we were given the web address to where we could make a donation to Marsha’s family to help with the costs that come with losing a loved one, taking time off of work, and caring for children and relatives.
We know that our small donation doesn’t amount to much in the scheme of things, but we know that it all adds up. We mostly just want Marsha to know that we are thinking of her and offering support. We hope she takes all the time she needs, but Austin’s class is not the same without his teacher, and we miss seeing her. We continue to pray for healing and comfort for her family as well.
If you’d like to make a donation to Marsha’s GoFundMe account, you can do so here: http://www.gofundme.com/7zesvs