Today I learned that a girl who has babysat for us in the recent past is losing her mother, any day now, from brain cancer metastasized. Her father is in a home because he has Alzheimer's. She is 18.
A friend of mine, a new friend, lost her father last night. He was 80+ and it was expected, but it is never easy. If her oldest misses one more day of school she will have to repeat 10th grade. She has been absent for school chorus trips, but apparently those are not excused.