Update! I found I was misinformed - it was Miriam's sister, Mitzy, who passed away. She was 3 years old.
This was good news only to Sarah, who didn't lose her best friend. Apparently after Miriam recovered from chickenpox her little sister came down with it.
It's a different child, but the same sorrow.
Miriam died last night.
She was 6 years old.
The doctors prescribed bad medicine.
She was out of school for a couple of weeks because she had chickenpox. But she was back in class with my daughter, Sarah, on Monday. After school Miriam's mother and father were hosting, in their very humble baptist church that he pastors, a VBS put on by a visiting church group.
So thrilled was Sarah to be romping around hand in hand with her best friend.
At the surprise baby shower for Sarah's and Miriam's teacher today we noticed that Miriam and her mother were absent - but it wasn't dwelt on.
Then later at the VBS I was talking with the youth pastor's wife . . . she told me the news.
And I grieve.
I'm actually surprised at how my heart hurts for Augustina - Miriam's mother. I came home and just sobbed on my husbands shoulder. Then I asked him to tell Sarah - which he did, and she came out of the room all red eyed and we hugged and cried together.
They have two younger children than Miriam - the youngest has down syndrome. And they are a humble, poor, family. How does a Pastor continue after burying his daughter? How does a mother function? If you remember, would you please pray for this family?
I'll be hugging my kids a little tighter tonight - that's for sure.