Watching the news is a daily part of my everyday life but today’s news on August 2, 2017 hit a part of me that has touched my heart.
The story came on of a young girl named Michelle Chalk from Fort Thomas who was sitting in a hammock and was killed when a tree fell on her. I watched the story again on the nightly news and for the next week or so And I watched different channels to see what all they were reporting about this child who had me somehow intrigued.
I learned after a few days of the news and Facebook post from people that I am friends with that I had went to school with Amy Baumann at St. Catherine of Siena. Patty was Amy’s younger sister and Michelle was her child. I could not imagine how the family was coping with the loss of their daughter.
I was amazed when I drove thru my hometown of Fort Thomas and all the ribbons and bows decorating this community and the out pouring of their love for this special young child and her family 🎀💛.
I had followed many post on Facebook over a few weeks and then Keith Chalk did an interview on TV about his daughter Michelle’s death. I was overwhelmed on how strong and brave a father Keith was and how courageous he was to speak out on how they were coping with Michelle’s death.
I still continued to follow stories and all pictures that different people had posted about Michelle and the impact she had on their lives and often wondered why this child had impacted my life so much when there were many cases of young children whose stories were in the news also and they never intrigued me as much.
On October 13, 2017 I got a phone call like the Chalk family received a knock at their family home that pulls your heart out of your chest. My daughter Heather McNamara was killed by a tree while setting up for her friends wedding. It was on all the little news channels also.
I had a huge support of family and friends that helped me in the upcoming week for Heather’s funeral and we went to the Cemetary and had to pick out plots and after we signed everything and went back down to the 4 plots we purchased I noticed Michelle Chalk was buried only a few spots away from Heather’s plot I picked out.
I asked God to bless both of our daughters again and said a prayer to Michelle to help me deal with the loss of my daughter Heather and to welcome her into Heaven with her.
Patty Chalk sent me a friend request and a message on messenger and we met each other around December and many tears were exchanged on our similar stories. Patty has extended her heart and support to help me get thru my daughters death. I have met Patty and Keith Chalk many times at the cemetery and I would of never imagined from hearing Michelle Chalks name on the news August 2, 2017 that I would of bonded thru love and support with this family. I have never met Michelle before but she has made such an impact on how she choose to live such a kind and loving life and that is how my daughter lived her life.
May Michelle and Heather always sing and dance their eternal life together in Heaven and have their arms wrapped around us in love until we their parents are reunited with our loving daughters. Saddened by their deaths but bonded now as friends till God calls us to our final resting place. 💛 😇 💜