It's been a bummer of a day, as we all learned this morning that a colleague's father passed away overnight. I just heard he was sick on Friday, and she was going back to New Jersey to visit him, and I guess the end came very quickly after that. She's a good friend (the kind of friend I can call up at 8am on a Saturday morning when my car has been broken into to give me a ride to the repair shop) and a good person (one of the best teachers in the school), so we're all really sad for her. And, for me, it really made me think of the parental scare I had a few months ago.
So the sadness kind of hung around the department today, as we all tried to go into practical mode, trying to do the little we could do to make the situation better.
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