On Friday, June 13th, 2008 the nation lost a great soul. I didn't even know Tim Russert, but I occasionally caught his additions to Today and Nightly News. In those vinets, I captured what a passionate person he was about his job, politics, and most of all, his family. His passing was so shocking. Yet, the response of his colleagues and friends telling stories of what a great person Tim Russert was, is nearly just as overwhelming as the loss itself. Further, his son Luke's bravery and compassion in being able to deliver a clear and an eloquent eulogy of his father is that much more telling of the job Mr. Russert and his wife did in raising such a compassionate and articulate individual.
I become angry thinking "why should such a great person, husband, and father, be taken away so abruptly." The only rationalization I can fathom is that if he had died at age 90 or greater, his life may have only made a small blurb in the daily news reels; yet, since he was called home so soon, we can stop and look at the respectable life he led and aspire to be half the person/parent he was, and then know, we did well.
Perhaps, I am so emotional over Mr. Russert's passing because of dealing with my father's ongoing battle with cancer. However, the bright side (if there is one) of cancer is you often times have the opportunity to tell your loved one how much you love and appreciate them. So please, stop and let the ones you love know just how much you care for them, because there is no guarantee that you will have the opportunity in the future.