Today I have a guest blogger. Well, a guest writer. That would be my wonderful husband. He asked me today if I would please post this for him so without further ado, here is the open letter he wrote to Gordon and Jan Burke, parents of the late skier Sarah Burke.
Driving home from work late one night last week I was listening to the car radio. The program that I was listening to was 680 The Fan, a sports talk radio station in Atlanta. It had been a very hard day and I really wasn’t paying much attention. Then my heart stopped.
On the radio I heard “Sarah Burke has just passed away”. You have to understand that our middle daughter is named Sara Burke. At first in the moment of confusion I thought I was talking to my wife on my cell phone or something. Then I realized I didn’t have the phone in my hand so it had to have been the radio.
But for a few confused seconds I felt a surge of indescribable sadness. I know that I would not be able to deal with the loss of any one of my children and to hear those words on the radio was something so awful I can’t even describe it.
To Gordon and Jan Burke, I can truly say, I know how terrible you must feel, even if my pain was so short lived, it was so completely and totally debilitating and numbing. I only wish that I could help relieve the pain of your loss. I wish I could take that pain away.
My wife and I live through our daughters. Life without any one of them would be unthinkable. Knowing that you loved your Sarah as much as we love our Sara, I know that there is now a huge void in your life that will never be filled. I don’t know how I would deal with a loss so great. I only hope that you can.
Know that your daughter passed away doing what she loved. Know that she loved you with all her heart. Sarah, in her short 29 years on this earth, lived her life to the fullest. She gave all, enjoyed all and loved all. No one could have packed more life into such a short time.
In closing, I hope that you can find some consolation in knowing that your daughter gave more than she took, lived for all of us and will never be forgotten. I will hug MY Sara (without an “h”) and think of you and YOUR Sarah (with an “h”). I only wish you and Jan strength in these very sad and hard times of your life.
From one loving father to another,