Reading the local paper, online, I see a headline that says a student at my son's university died in a car accident. Passengers were hospitalized. My heart stopped as I thought about how I haven't been able to get a response from my son via email, or his cell phone for the past few days. It took me twenty minutes to choke down my fear and open the article to get the details. Picked up and replaced the phone, a half-dozen times during those long minutes.
It is never easy being a parent. Never.