I have a daughter Jessica.
Jessica has a friend named R.
R's mother died yesterday.
R is 11 years old. She has a 15 year old sister and a 7 year old sister. They will never see their mother again.
I can't even imagine their grief.... their sadness.... their disbelief that this is their reality.
I think about all the things I do with my daughters... for my daughters...
Who is going to do all those things with them... for them?
I think about how excited Jessica is for her bat mitzvah next year.
R's Mom will not be at her bat mitzvah, or her wedding.... will never meet her husband or her children.
I wonder where God is and how He can allow this to happen.
The faculty of the school spoke to all the kids after the funeral last night... One teacher had spent the afternoon with the girls. She said that R's first thought was of her bat mitzvah. That she cannot believe her Mother will not be there. She went on to say that after a while R spoke again and said, "I guess this is what God wants."
How she is so strong... I have no idea. All I know is that my heart is breaking for her and her sisters and her father, and that I will help them however I can.