A Parent’s Nightmare

26 Feb

It is every parent’s worst nightmare.

You are in the middle of a long day, waiting for the last few hours before work finally winds downs to a halt. You are thinking about dinnertime with the kids, and how noisy and fun it’ll be when the family sits down for a relaxing meal. You are thinking of the long, hot bath after that, while the kids finish their homework and projects, and you have a few minutes of alone time to wash the dirt and grime of the work day from your tired body. You think of the kisses you will get when you tuck them to bed at night. You glance at the clock, impatient for the time you will be with your family.

And then the phone rings. And your worst nightmare comes true.

Two days ago, on an ordinary Tuesday for many of us, a family’s life was changed forever when their fourth-grade son was run over by a van while inside the campus of the Ateneo de Manila University. Pinned between two large vehicles, Julian Carlo Miguel Alcantara, 10, lovingly called Amiel by his family and friends, did not survive his head injuries.

good20fridayI can never imagine how it is to lose a child, and I pray that I am never ever tested that way. Even now, as I read news reports, blog entries (here and here), and forwarded email from friends in the Ateneo community, I am unable to stop weeping.  Amiel’s death hurts all of us who love our children and wish them nothing but happiness and joy in their lifetime. That he left this world so suddenly, so tragically, and so devastatingly makes many parents like me feel helpless and frightened. We can’t be there to protect our children all the time.

My family and I send our prayers and condolences to the Alcantaras in their hour of deepest grief. We pray that they find their strength as a family and draw from this in their darkest hours. And we pray that Amiel looks down from heaven to help his family heal from the wounds of his passing.

God bless you, Amiel.

2 Responses to “A Parent’s Nightmare”

  1. ness February 28, 2009 at 10:27 am #

    thank you for sharing this story, KittyMama. it is so tragic and sad and a reminder for all of us of how fleeting life is.

  2. odette February 28, 2009 at 6:13 pm #

    how tragic and sad! it’s unbelievable how a freak accident can result to something like that.

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