Maria was their youngest child, only five years old. Her death was the result of an accident, one of those sudden tragedies that leave all who loved her broken and breathless, reeling from sudden grief. I must admit that after reading this article, my mind and heart immediately flew back to many of the things my sister, her husband, and the rest of our family experienced when Natalie's accident, and death, took place last fall. The memories are vivid and painful, and I can imagine rather clearly the shock and grief the Chapman family is experiencing today.
For them, it was an ordinary Wednesday afternoon: the end of the school day, plans underway for supper, kids outside playing. For our family, it was an ordinary Wednesday as well. We had just finished supper when we got the call. In an instant, everything changes. Tonight, I am wishing I could hold all of my loved ones a little tighter, a little closer, for only the Lord knows how many moments we are given.