Last Monday evening I had a lovely dinner with a few of my colleagues and I made the comment, "Living here in the Mid-Ohio Valley is a blessing and a curse. A blessing because my dad's side of the family lives here and it's great to have the support and love from your family. A curse because if anything ever happened to one of them and they ended up on news it would be very difficult for me."
Oddly enough the very next day my curse came true. My grandmother and grandfather and I were on our way to lunch to spend some quality time together when suddenly we got an unexpected phone call. If you have ever had a bad phone call you know immediately because of the instant knot in your stomach. We found out that my uncle had been in a terrible car accident on I-77. The details in the accidents were vague, but we rushed to Marietta Memorial. On the way I called WTAP, knowing from the "business" that it would be covered. This job has changed me for life. When you work in this "business" you look at accidents, death and tragedies in a different way because you have to. For example I'm sure you have watched the news and the anchor says something terrible like, "The fire killed many. " and you thought wow how can the anchor seem so insensitive or why are they so monotone. Well we have to be. We can't get too emotionally involved. In this job bad things happen all the time and you have to be able to block it out of your personal life, but when it comes into your personal life like it did for me it's difficult. I was just very thankful that I wasn't working when the accident happened because I could have been the one covering the story.
When we reached the hospital many family members were already there. This moment was something I dreaded. I don't want to get into to much into the incident, but it was something I know I will never forget. When you see your family members ban together in supporting one another in a time of turmoil it's something that is an incredible feeling, but something you never want to feel. My uncle is doing better now, but he was badly injured in the accident. I just want to say thank you to my family, friends and my co-workers for being so caring in this situation. Also thank you to all those who prayed for my uncle that day.
For the people that will read this blog and have had something terrible happen and even if the news covered it I know how you feel and I know what a scary thing it can be. I have always been taught that you should always learn from everything that you go through and that even if its tough, tomorrow is always a better day!