Wednesday afternoon, I was at Lowes when I got the call.
Mark was with me, saw me start to collapse, and ran across the store,
barely keeping me on my feet.
As soon as I could breathe again, I told him what had happened,
and he took my car keys from me.
My younger sister, Jennifer, had had a massive heart attack
and was gone.
Bright, funny, and popular, she was also beautiful.
We grew up at the beach and were always tanned and sporting
bleached out hair from hours in the sun.
Jen married her childhood sweetheart a couple months after my wedding...
...and my nephew, Chip, is just 4 months younger than Samwow.
He's a little older now.
My niece is a Junior in high school and has been college shopping
with her mom, so they spent Jen's last few weekends together alone.
Athough she was in a meeting at the hospital where she was head of HR,
we still lost her at the way-too-young age of 49.
There will be a lot less laughter in this world without her.