Friday, June 26, 2015

And For One Terrible Moment, Everyone Is Irish...

To be Irish is to know that,
In the end, the World will
Break your Heart.
-Daniel Patrick Moynihan

It was less than forty-eight hours ago that ten-year-old Christopher D'Amico, Jr. was enjoying some afternoon fun on Lake Hopatcong with his dad, Christopher, in a pontoon boat that the elder D'Amico had rented.  

It was also less than forty-eight hours ago that ten-year-old Christopher D'Amico, Jr. died as the result of an accident involving the rented pontoon boat that reduces the term "tragic" to understatement. 

Every parent's nightmare is to bury our child.  It is not the manner in which things are supposed to proceed in the normal course of human affairs.  Yet, it does happen.  And this very week, as ten-year-old children are saying "Hello" to summer, Christopher D'Amico and his wife Laura face the almost impossible-to-comprehend task of saying goodbye to their little boy.  Justice resides perhaps in the next world.  It certainly does not in this one for the D'Amico family. 

While he left this world far too soon and he left it abruptly and unexpectedly, Christopher D'Amico, Jr. also left it heroically.  Consistent with his wishes, his parents donated his organs to help save the lives of other children.  

If you are so inclined, Funds have been established on the D'Amico family's behalf by several of their friends and the details regarding them may be found here.  And here.     

Today, keep a thought for young Christopher D'Amico, for his mom, for his dad, and for the family he has left behind.  This week, it is their turn to experience firsthand the exquisite pain of being Irish. Sooner or later, irrespective of our birthright, it shall be ours.  Do for them as you would want others to do for you when the moment is yours and not any longer theirs. 


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