Jan. 8th, 2009

sad news

Jan. 8th, 2009 09:13 am
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http://www.indystar.com/article/20090108/LOCAL0101/901080418/1150/LOCAL0101

Ben heard this morning that a neighborhood kid had died yesterday, just around the corner from our house, after slipping on the ice and hitting his head while trying to catch the bus to school. He found the article in the Indy Star about it. I recognized him from the picture as being a kid I've seen around a lot, and it turns out he was the son of our next door neighbors. :( The article notes that he played the piano -- we could hear it from our bedroom at night.

I've never actually met these neighbors beyond waving to them in the yard (I don't think they speak much English, if any), but Ben has caught their Chihuahua for them several times when he's been out doing yardwork and it's run across the lawns and through our fence. I want to give them a sympathy card and bring them food (after all, we are their next door neighbors), but I'm not sure how to do it without being incredibly awkward. We don't even know their names, and I don't know if bringing food to someone you don't know is too personal or if it is something that is okay with Chinese traditions for bereavement. I'm open to any advice.

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