A sad story

My husband’s aunt C. is at the hospital after an operation to fight cancer. The operation went well and she is in recovery. Yesterday, the weather was terrible in Montreal. Incredibly strong winds and icy rain fell in the morning.

As I was walking to the office around noon, I asked myself why the sidewalks of sloped streets did not get priority. I took tiny steps like if I was wearing a kimono. I was afraid of falling.

And I was right to be afraid. It happened to her older sister A. fell while on her way to visit C. at the hospital. She fell on an icy sloped sidewalk. She became unconscious and by the time she reached the hospital, nothing can be done. The sad thing is that they told her to take a cab but she preferred walking. We cannot anticipated the worst.

The two sisters were pretty close and I met A. several times in family reunions. I liked her a lot so I will miss her conversation. I hope this will not affect C.’s recovery.

So please be careful as you are doing your daily stuff. Accident happens so easily. Take good care of yourself and your loved ones.

  • Treasa
    January 31, 2008 at 17:59

    hi kim, i read your blog everyday. this is such a heartbreaking story. best wishes to you and your husbands family.

    – t
    san francisco, CA

  • gigi
    January 31, 2008 at 18:29

    Hi Kim,

    So sorry to hear this story. I hope aunt C is continuing to get stronger and that you all find comfort in each other during this difficult time.

  • Jen
    February 1, 2008 at 07:50

    Kim that’s such a horrible story… I’m so sorry to hear!

    All my prayers and best wishes are with C and your husbands family during this difficult time.

    The weather here has been horrible as well, we’re currently in the middle of a horrible snow storm today – I’m working from home but I know what you mean about not being able to predict what’s going to happen. I wish everyone healthy and safe travels during days like these.


  • At Home with Kim Vallee
    February 1, 2008 at 10:21

    I want to say a bug Thanks for your words of support. I will pass your best wishes to C. and her family.

    I really wrote the article to remind everyone of the importance to be careful whether you are driving, working in a shop, are waiting the tables or doing household tasks. We tend to forget in our rush to complete everything quickly. The accident does not have to be fatal to impact your life.