Stop what you’re doing. Now go hug your kid. When you’re done, do it again. For good measure, why not go in for a third time.
Life is precious, and so are our kids. It’s something we likely lose sight of when we’re scrambling to get them to eat breakfast, find their homework and make the bus in time. Or when we trip on a toy or step on a block or have to listen to them whine about needing to brush their teeth for the umpteenth time.
It’s unspeakable to think what would happen if it all went away in an instant — the crying, shouting, whining, hugs, kisses, cuddles, hand-holding and love. But it’s what happened to the parents of 16-year-old Wes Leonard of Fennville High School in Michigan last night.
The school’s star basketball player, Leonard collapsed on court while making the game-winning layup in overtime to end his team’s perfect season. Paramedics performed CPR on him, but he was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Leonard is the second athlete to die at the same high school in 14 months, according to the Associated Press. A 14-year-old wrestler died at home from a seizure 14 months earlier following his participation in a high school wrestling match.
Life can be cruelly short. Kids are precious. Why not reach out for another hug right about now.