“So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.”
That line comes from E.A. Bucchianeri’s “Brushstrokes of a Gadfly,” and I imagine it strikes a cord with many in Sheridan this week. What a tough week.
If you’ve read the newspaper, spent time on social media or are a parent of a school-aged child, you’ve likely heard about the accident that occurred Monday afternoon. According to the Sheridan Police Department, a 6-year-old child ran to the side of a bus as it was leaving the loop in attempts to stop the driver and was pulled beneath the bus. The young girl was flown to Denver with life-threatening injuries.
Her story has instilled a sense of sadness and heartbreak in many Sheridan residents.
The family’s pain has been felt by its neighbors and strangers alike. This can be seen in the more than $15,000 that has been raised via a GoFundMe page since Monday. In addition, an account has been set up with First Northern Bank for donations and a number of individuals are trying to set up a benefit auction at Bethesda Worship Center for next week.
While the incident has been a tragedy, here’s what I’ve seen in the last few days. Love.
For the most part, individuals who have commented on social media or talked about the accident with me, have expressed emotions most would expect — disbelief, sadness, concern, grief. That holds true as they’ve discussed the young girl, her family and the bus driver.
The fact that so much pain can be felt by so many people who have never met the girl or her family reinforces just how much love exists in this world. We would not have the capacity to grieve were it not for love.
The incident also reinforces the kind of community in which we all live. None of us is perfect, but we sure come together when needs become apparent. Whether its by forming a nonprofit like The Food Group to tackle childhood hunger or Dementia Friendly Wyoming to help more people understand the medical and emotional aspects of dementia, shoveling a neighbor’s sidewalk or cooking up ready-to-eat meals for a family who has lost a loved one — it seems Sheridan always steps up.
There are so many ways the people of Sheridan help each other, and no matter how many times we do it, each time is special.
This week has been difficult for many of Sheridan’s residents — both in very visible ways and in ways none of us will ever hear about.
I, for one, appreciate knowing that no matter what happens, Sheridan’s capacity for love will help us get through it all.