Friday, October 8, 2010

My friend Maddie

We lost a dear friend yesterday. My heart is aching and my spirit is weak. Madison Mecum was one of the purest spirits I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I always kind of felt like she was too good and pure for the rest of us, too good for this world.
She was a hit by a car. The driver was a classmate of hers, both just 13 years old. I can't tell you how many times the thoughts have run through my head, "if that girl just didn't pick up her aunt's car keys," "if Maddie had only gone to her own bus stop that day," "if she had only been walking a few steps behind where she was at that time..."
I know those thoughts don't help. I am just so sad. I'm sad for me. Sad for her family. Sad for our neighborhood. I am mostly sad for her family though. We love this sweet family. They live just up the street a few houses. We have them over for dinner and games, Maddie and her sister are two Young Women I serve in my calling. Maddie is one of Gracee's favorite babysitters. Her older sister, Marnie comes over often just to talk with me and Russ about life. Her mom, Paige is also my dear friend who does massage/piano lesson trades with me. The Mecum girls are very important to us. Their dad died in a car crash in 2005. Paige and Marnie only have each other now. They could use financial help and have an account set up for donations. If that is something any of you are interested in helping with, let us know.
I know we will see Maddie again someday, for that I look forward to. I know she is much happier where she is with her dad. I know all of that, but it doesn't change the fact that I am really sad. Sad for us, not for her. I am so grateful for the knowledge I have of the Plan of Salvation. I know this pain would be much more hopeless without the knowledge that our loving Savior and Heavenly Father have prepared a way that we can all be together with them again.

We miss you Maddie. We love you. 'Til we meet again.