Friday, October 23, 2015

Falling Friday - Never Too Young

A father should never have to bury his son.  But, thanks to a fall down a flight of stairs at home, with resulting brain trauma, someone in my high school graduating class had to do that earlier this week.

His son, a beloved gym teacher in Queens, was 39.  He left a pregnant wife and a young son.

His friends and family wonder "why?"

A life cut short is tragic. We all mourn the death of a young person, the death of a child preceding the death of his or her parents, because it is not part of the "natural order of things".

But now, let's fast forward some 50 years.

In a normal week, I probably would have blogged instead about Bob Barker, the long time host of the American game show The Price is Right.  Barker, now 91, tripped and fell outside his home and hit his head on the sidewalk.  Two police officers happened to be passing by and witnessed the fall.  They called an ambulance, so he got immediate help. 

I remember Bob Barker so well on The Price is Right.  He hosted the show for 35 years, into his 80's.

People would say "he was old, people fall when they are old and it is the natural order of things".  Bob Barker cut his head and hurt his knee.  It remains to see if this injury impacts the remainder of his life. It so easily could have been a brain injury, too.

It is never the natural order of things to fall.  At 39, at 91, it is equally tragic.

Do not ever minimize the power of a fall.  It is an equal opportunity killer. 

Education is the first step.


  1. How sad about your friend. Falls can and do hurt, and it's worse if you're elderly. I'm thnking about that a lot with my folks.

  2. I hadn't heard about this. Bob Barker was my grandmother's favorite television host.

  3. Yikes. It can be so easy to slip and fall, even at 39.

  4. Oh, that fits right in with your theme about preventing falls.
    My husband and I went to a Greek restaurant last night for his 77th birthday. He tripped on his way up the step. Fortunately, he's strong enough to prevent falling and knocking his head on the door. I, on the other hand, walk very slowly, leaning on my cane. He'd helped me along the uneven footpath for the previous five minutes and was probably in a rush to get inside. Hehe. All's well. We enjoyed a lovely meal.

  5. Oh, that was sad... So true, what can be more sad than to have to bury a child:-(

  6. I was actually wondering the same thing just a week ago. A friend of mine was 37 years old with a 3 year old daughter. She passed away as her cancer came back suddenly. It's not a fall but it still makes you wonder why, especially for her daughter and for her parents. Very sad.


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