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.


5 Responses to “Life and Death in the News”

  1. thordora says:

    You got me crying. I cannot, and do not want to think about losing my child at ten….I don’t know how some people stay so strong.

    September 29th, 2006 at 7:40 am

  2. Eric says:

    As my little one is napping at the moment, I’m left hear in tears alone … but when she wakes up, she’s getting one darn big hug! Love and compassion to all of those who have lost one so dear to them …

    September 29th, 2006 at 7:48 am

  3. Mark says:

    Found the website dedicated to Terran and written by his mom. Absolutely heartbreaking, I couldn’t do much more than just skim it. This is the 2nd story I’ve come across this morning already about a young child passing away far too soon. My boy got a big hug after I read the first one, and he’ll get another one now. Love your kids as hard as you can, everyone.

    September 30th, 2006 at 11:07 am

  4. Kim Robinstein terrans mommie says:

    thanky you so much for reading about my son his courage and strength well speaks for it self. hug those children love them each second of the day while terran was here but a short while he taught me and the world so much. While he was sick all his life his death was quite sudden and hard on me his mother but each day I think i am one day closer to being by his side again so I must be good.

    kim robinstein
    mom to the amazing terran

    October 3rd, 2006 at 4:26 am

  5. Matthew N. Robinstein says:

    Kim, I am very sorry for your loss and for the loss of family. I never did get a chance to meet my cousin, but I have followed Terran’s life and cheered him on from California. He is being watched over by my sister, cousin Karen, and they are free of pain and can still fill our hearts with love. I love you all. Your nephew, Matt.

    October 5th, 2006 at 2:57 pm