The last couple weeks have been very emotional and sad. Darren's dad passed away on Monday March 21st. From what we can presume it appeared to be some sort of major cardiac event. He had a history of heart problems with two prior heart attacks, but everything seemed to be managed and he was doing well. Darren and I had seen him multiple times in the prior month and aside from a touch of the flu, he had been completely fine and normal.
It's just so shocking for someone to be here one minute and not the next. It gives you so much perspective on just how tenuous life really is and how what you presume to be fact can change in an instant.
I'm so grateful that I was able to spend most of that week with Darren and Michelle to just being there for them. They might not technically be my family yet, but going through something so hard just reinforces the bond and love we have for each other. It's hard to see people you care about so much hurting so much.
Virgil Dwight Ballard, rest in peace. You will be missed by all those who knew you.
Rest in Peace, Virgil Dwight Ballard. You will be very missed.