Well, I guess there's no hope that it's a prank now - this was in today's paper:
Christopher A. Olson
September 18, 2009 Christopher A. Olson, 40, of Clay, passed away Friday from injuries sustained in an ATV accident. Chris worked for Tom Albanese Const. He was a captain and an EMT with the Clay Vol. Fire Dept. and was a member of the Onon. Co. Dive Team. He was a former member of NAVAC. Chris was an avid hunter who loved camping, four-wheeling and spending time with family and friends. He was a devoted husband, and father to his beloved son, Nick. He is survived by his loving wife of five years, Donna M. (Stebbins) Olson; son, Nicholas Olson; step-daughter, Felicia Otts; parents, Arlene and Richard Olson and Violet Draves; brothers, Tom (Patricia) Olson, Fred (Tammy) Stuter and Jamie Salvage; sisters, Sue (Matt) McDonald, Laurie (Randy) Soeder, Jeanne Olson, Sherry (Brian) DeForest and Sharon Paninski; 13 nephews; nine nieces; and many close friends whom he considered family. Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at New Comer Funeral Home, 705 N. Main St., N. Syracuse. Burial will follow in Pine Plains Cemetery, Clay. Calling hours will be Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Nicholas Olson scholarship fund, c/o M&T Bank. To leave a special message for the family online, visit NewcomerSyracuse.com NewComer Funeral Home.
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We're still really struggling here... Fine one minute, reeling the next... I spent the day painting to help finish a job that Chris and Greg have been working on for several weeks - too weird,,, Greg finds himself periodically reaching for his phone to call Chris to ask him where a tool is, or the best way to approach an aspect of the project, only to stop himself - "Who am I calling?" he asks himself. It's reeeeaaally hard to stand by and watch my rock of a husband struggling to grasp this and to know how to move forward, especially since I'm struggling, too, and I only saw Chris several times a month, and not every day like Greg did...
We're both trying to stay occupied so we get distracted, but this golf ball in my throat keeps showing up, and I have ZERO patience for the mundane details of my life - nothing really seems very important. I'm washing clothes because we're out of clean ones, and I'm working because bills need to be paid, but underneath the going-though-the-motions, I'm pissed that the normal, daily stuff is still there requiring my attention. I'm not returning phone calls or emails and I'm not caring that I'm not returning phone calls or emails and everything seems drearier and more boring than it did just four days ago. All I can say is that Chris is/was one of those people that left footprints in your heart - he'll never, ever really be gone...
Thank you so much for sharing this and for your honesty. I appreciate it. I'm sorry for your loss. My daughter's accompanist just lost her husband. He was only 42 years old, and died of a heartache. He left behind 2 children in middle school. I know, it makes so sense to see people leave this earth so early.
Posted by: AmyRuth | September 23, 2009 at 08:17 AM
I just noticed I mispelled Heart Attack. He died of a heart attack, not a heartache.
Posted by: AmyRuth | September 23, 2009 at 08:18 AM
I am sooo soorrry for your loss. I know that it right now you probably are mad at the world and universe. Take whatever time you need to mourn and heal and don't worry about your blog or answering emails until you are ready. Know that we are sending out prayers for you and Greg.
Love and great big HUGS,
Posted by: Erin G | September 23, 2009 at 09:45 AM
I think Erin summed it up pretty well .. do only what you need to do and leave the blog and emails until you have the inclination to go there. What you're going through is way more important than the blog!
Posted by: Debra | September 23, 2009 at 07:15 PM