Good with the bad.

Mar 11, 2014

Yesterday was a rough day for Bennett and his friends, as they attended a funeral of one of their high school buddies.  Losing anyone is a horrible thing to have to go through but it almost hurts more when it’s someone young.  Your age.  Someone you’ve known since you were kids and, even though you’re technically an adult, you lost while you were still in a major “growing up” stage of your life.

The most interesting thing I find about a tragedy is how much good can also come from it.  You hug your loved ones tighter, you appreciate the simple things around you a little more and sometimes it provides opportunity for people to come together that haven’t in a while.

All of these things happened yesterday, along with a lot of memories and stories being tossed around about Scott.  I hope he knew the impact he had on his friends.

It was another gorgeous early-spring day and once Bennett arrived from Scott’s memorial, we went and took a breather outside.  Louis played in the sandbox and the creek, we drank a beer in the sunshine and wrestled with our renegade-on-a-leash Annabelle.

Louis likes to throw boats (leaves) into the creek and see how far they will float.  There is a lot of entertainment value in a creek/leaf combo.  That is, until he decides that he wants you to carry him home and you lug all 35+ pounds of him up a hill.  I appreciated the valuable cuddle time…even though he made me realize I’m still incredibly out of shape.

Later in the afternoon, some of Scott’s old crew came together to round-table some stories, drink his favorite beer and reflect on their collective loss.  I can only imagine what these five were like when they were a little younger and a lot wilder.

Two of these boys live pretty darn far from Wheeling now but they were able to make a last minute trip back to town to pay their respect.  There are very few opportunities for all of them to be in the same place at the same time and even thought it wasn’t the most ideal circumstance, it was still a reunion.  Happy, sad and everything in between.

1 Comment

  1. Meghan Hayes

    <3 nothing like appreciation for the love of life.

    Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Welcome to Wild+Wanderful!  I’m Katy.
Momma. Wife. West Virginian.
Designer. 
Dreamer. Coffee Consumer.
DIY-er. 
Craft Beer Enthusiast.
Purple Obsessor. Lover of Handmade.

MILDLY WILD. MOSTLY WANDERFUL.

LATEST FREEBIES

Granny Square Heart Drink Sweater | Free Crochet Pattern + Video Tutorial!

Whenever I'm in the mood to crochet something but want it to be a short and sweet project, I immediately start crocheting these granny square hearts.  I'm mildly obsessed with them..you have no idea how many heart squares I have in my "WIP" pile.  Whoops. I shared...

How to Open Digital Cut Files in Silhouette Studio (PLUS 4 Free Schitts Creek Downloads)

Happy New Year, ya Wild Bunch!  I thought I'd kick off 2021 with a little video tutorial AND a four-pack of free digital cut file downloads.  Not a bad way to party into the new year, am I right? I'm a huge fan of creating digital cut files for you, but...

It’s My Turn to Take an Elfish :: FREE Schitt’s Creek / David Rose Inspired Silhouette + Cricut Cut Files!

Happy mid-December, Wanderful friends!  I totally had intentions of sharing this weeks ago, but I've been hit with the holiday to-do list and it got delayed a bit.  Without further ado, let me hook you up with my newest free digital cut file.  I think...

Sublimation Printing 101 | Sublimating Coasters

I'm thrilled to be bringing you my first "shared" project for dye sublimation printing on the blog today!  I saw these coasters at JoAnn Fabrics the other day and immediately was overcome by my impulse purchasing ways. Cricut has been pushing their "Infusible...

Come, We Fly! :: FREE Hocus Pocus Inspired Silhouette + Cricut Cut Files!

If you had to ask me to name my favorite Halloween movie, I wouldn't even hesitate to tell you that it is HANDS DOWN, no questions asked, Hocus Pocus.  Honestly.  Isn't it everyone's favorite Halloween flick?  So. Freaking. Good. I've been on a super...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Quote :: FREE Silhouette + Cricut Cut Files!

Like many others, I've been struggling with the news of the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  I'm stuck in a moment of wanting to mourn the death of such a vital, powerful female figure in US history....and also living in fear of what's to come with the...

RECENT POSTS

Fabric for Pirates :: April 2021 Reveal

Woohoo!  I think for the first time ever, I'm excited about April 15th showing up -- because this time it means I get to share the April Fabric for Pirates subscription! This month's fabric is a super soft, purple-goodness of a "Yummy" 4x2 Ribbed Knit (GSM: 180.00...

M4M + P4P Spring Mini Capsule 2021 | Tween Boy “Planning Stage”

If there's one thing that stays the same in life, it's change.  And we can include the changing of Louis' height in this sentiment.  OMG having a tween boy means that his pants will fit one day, they won't even button the next, and you buy him another pair and a week...

Suit Up for Summer with Raspberry Creek Fabrics!

Hi my name is Katy and I am a liiiiiiiiiiittle bit excitable.  How so?  Glad you asked. First...it's been super busy around the McKinley world.  But I saw a call for bloggers for the Raspberry Creek Fabrics "Suit Up for Summer" tour and I couldn't have signed up any...

Fabric for Pirates :: March 2021 Reveal

We are halfway through the month, which means it's time to share the March Fabric for Pirates subscription! WHEWWWWWWW.  This month was the "little fabric subscription that could".  We had a malfunction on the P4P website that caused some chaos, and then on top of...