Friday, September 29th, 2006
Life and Death in the News
Having a child makes me think a lot about the meaning of life and my own mortality. I don’t know what my interest in the following three stories says about me, but I thought you might find one of the stories valuable, one interesting and one surreal.
In death boy gets his wish — Terran Robinstein spent seven of his 10 years in a hospital, IVs and tubes stuck in his body. He couldn’t do the things other little boys did. He told his mother all he wanted was to go home. On Wednesday, he was laid to rest on his bed, barefoot and wearing Power Rangers pajamas. “I promised I’d bring him home,” said his mother, Kim Robinstein. “No tubes, no wires, just to sleep in his bed … like a normal boy.”
He looked at life from a different angle — Jim Schinneller did not request to run a photo of the back of his head with his death notice in Sunday’s paper. But he was asking for it, his son said, after a lifetime of making people laugh and challenging them to rethink what’s normal.
Big Red, Scio’s mascot, dies after mauling by dog — I’m told that about 4:30 p.m., Big Red was in front of the Scio True Value Hardware Store when he was attacked,” Marian said. “I got a call at home from my husband telling me to get to Sally’s office right away. When I arrived, Audie was there and there Big Red was on the table and they were giving him oxygen. I just said “Oh Red,” and he took a couple of breaths and died, and then everyone started crying,” she said.