I was thinking today, well actually last night, for some reason I think of things that would be interesting to blog about when I am not near a computer. Then when and I do have time, and I am on the computer, I am all blank… But this story I remembered and you will see why.
I was recalling a funeral that took place about this time of year, about 7 years ago, but the sadness and irony is still so freshly etched in my mind I can’t seem to shake it, even after all this time. It still makes me wonder about God’s Plan and why things happen the way they do.
I worked for a research and development corporation that did very, very secret stuff for the government. Which in itself would be a good story but I am not sure I should or could blog about that. (Leavenworth!)
There were about 30 of us in the office and we were like a big family. We shared our lives with each other marriages, children, holidays, birthdays and life in general. You have to know that the Scientists that worked here were VERY, VERY off the wall. This company recruited the brightest in the nation to work here. By the way I was their admin, not a scientist (of course).
I am not sure why, but many of these intellectually gifted folks had no social skills what so ever!! They were in their own world and some could barley function socially. It was kind of sad, because many were lonely and work was their entire existence.
There were a lot characters in that place, but this one focuses on one lonely man, we will call him Thomas. He had never had a girlfriend before, I am pretty sure he was a 34 yr old virgin. Thomas was by most standards, a nerd. He had the thick black glasses; he was about 40lbs overweight, physically out of shape and had a bad case of psoriasis. But he was such a gentle, caring, sweet, person who genuinely liked people. I had many conversations with him and enjoyed interacting with him, I wondered how the ugly world had not tainted him, why was he so pure and optimistic?? Yes, he was a Christian, but not a fanatic; he had luminescence about him that made him beautiful to those who took the time to listen to him.
Research at this company often collaborated with the local University. Thomas, through his research endeavors, had met a woman who worked at the University. We will call her Elaine; she was 36 yrs old and very brilliant as well. They seemed to be two of kind, two kindred souls who were meant to be together. They fell deeply in love and I had never seen Thomas so happy, ever!! He was glowing and alive like never before, he would go on and on about this lady and she became his everything. They got married after about a year together and started on a family the following year. She became pregnant with twins!! A boy and a girl, they were elated and grateful that God had bestowed such a blessing on them, not just for just each other but a family on the way.
We were all invited to the baby shower of course, and it was wonderful she got EVERYTHING you could imagine. She was also very close to her family who was with her all through the whole experience.
One day, 8.5 months into her pregnancy Elaine was with her sister and Mother at home. They were preparing to go out, Elaine went upstairs and told them she was going to get ready. After some time has past, they became concerned. Of course, they knew that being that pregnant meant that it would take a bit more time to get ready but, something was not right. They went upstairs to check on her and it appeared that she was napping. But she would not wake up, ever again.
The coroner had determined that she had a brain aneurism and died instantly. Their children were full term and would have survived, had they been found in time.
Thomas was at work when he got the call; it was devastating to say the least!!
The funeral was worse; they had delivered the deceased children and dressed them in their infant pink and blue sleepers, and placed them in the mother’s arms for all to see. They looked so perfect and peaceful, it was too much to bear to just be there, I cannot imagine how one human, could endure such pain. To have one’s hopes and dreams snatched away in an instant.
After his family was taken so cruelly, Thomas was never the same, he lost his naivety, but he also gained something.
As Thomas saw it, he had found the love of his life, if even only for a brief time and that made him a fortunate person, far more than most.