Don’t let a stomach flu stop you from connecting with old friends.
My old college roommate from Southern Illinois, Tracy Patterson Downer, moved to Atlanta many years ago. Last November, when I was in Atlanta for one of Eric’s workshops, we made arrangements to get together for lunch. I did not see Tracy since college graduation and we lost touch years later. So I was excited to reconnect and see her again. She was married with two young children and doing very well. I was looking forward to hearing about her family, career and accomplishments. But I came down with a bad stomach ailment for two days and had to cancel.
Friday, I learned that Tracy was killed two days earlier in a horrific traffic accident at the busy Thornton Rd. intersection in Atlanta. A semi-truck, who was speeding, ran a red light and smashed into the car she was a passenger in and pushed the vehicle into oncoming traffic, involving several other cars as well. Tracy was killed instantly. The driver died shortly after.
I wish I would have met her for lunch and just ate crackers, instead of whining on the phone to her about throwing up. I’ll never have another chance to see her again.