Another stark reminder of how fragile life truly is, and how things can change in a single moment. I remarked this morning that my work partner was not in yet, which is unusual because he is very punctual… only to receive a message from him that he had been in a horrible car accident last night. The driver of the car was killed and the remaining three passengers were sent to hospital with minor injuries and released. He would not be in for a week. He actually apologized to me for the inconvenience.
I was stunned. For the last week he had been excited about going to Montreal with his wife and another couple. They are Chinese nationals, and none had ever been there before. He loved the idea of being able to get into a car and go for a long drive to somewhere new. He even sent me some pictures on the weekend of his travels. They were having a great time. It would be a quick trip up and back. At some point the drive home turned tragic. Did he fall asleep? Was he distracted? Was there an animal on the road? I have no idea. Any of those scenarios are plausible. Whatever the cause, a life was lost, and three others changed forever.
The news has been weighing heavily on me all day. I can’t imagine what must be going through their minds. So far away from home, in a culture so different from their own. I would be shocked if the thought of returning to China to be close to parents, friends and familiarity hasn’t crossed their minds. I know that would be a priority of mine.
The human spirit is resilient though. We’ll see.