Days like today is when it sucks living in a small town that you know everyone. No, it's not the rumor mill running over with gossip. That's not a problem for me. I often joke a say "I better head to town and go to the bar so I can find out what I've been up to lately." Days like today suck because a tragedy has smacked this small town.
Out of respect for the families' privacy at this difficult time; I won't go into the details about what happened. Plus, as I write this, I don't know all of the details. So I will sum up the general story from my perspective. I apologize if there are any inaccuracies, like I said, not all the details are known.
From my standpoint, it started this morning when a co-worker's wife called him saying a neighbor kid is missing and she was wondering if he had a picture of him to post on Facebook (my co-worker also runs a photography business and recent took senior pictures of the kid for his family).
During the course of the day through phone calls, text messages, and Facebook; the co-workers and I learned that the kid disappeared sometime during the night. By late afternoon he was found near his house. It appears, at this time, the young man ended his own life.
It's bad enough when this type of thing happens to strangers, but it makes it worse when you know all the families, neighbors and friends events like this touch. With this being such a small town, I know them all. I can see all their faces and hears their sobs in my head; it weighs pretty heavily on my heart right now.
One silver lining of this very dark cloud is started shining through even before much was known; and that's the tremendous outpouring of support for the family. That is one of the reasons I love living in this small town and one of the reasons why I moved back to it years ago.
Better days are on their way to the family and the community at large. But today is a tough one to say the least.