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Hindsight may be 20/20…

On the date that yesterday’s post was originally written—May 16, 2007—I was still trying to deal with the month-old news that a former co-worker and protegĂ© had died a year earlier of lymphoma and multiple sclerosis. I well remembered the day he presented himself at my office door, fresh from college, overflowing with raw talent and enthusiasm.


I thoroughly enjoyed the next couple years, watching him grow in the job as I fed him what little I had learned about the business, but I could not stand in the way of progress. Before long he had moved on to bigger and better positions. Still, I enjoyed the delusion that I had made some significant contribution to the launch of his career.
I could go on about how I came to hire him, and the heights he subsequently reached, but this isn’t about him. Nor me. Nor the 1980s. It’s about an irony that strikes me whenever I remember the days of Natalie’s blogging. Since learning on April 17, 2007, of Steve’s passing I had wondered why and how a 44-year-old with a wife, two sons and hundreds of friends around the world, could be so unfairly stricken. But “now” it is Thursday, May 17, 2007…
If hindsight is 20/20, foresight must be total darkness.
Perhaps it is better that way.

2 Responses to “Hindsight may be 20/20…”

  1. Heather Says:

    I think it is better in most cases. After all, Natalie got to live her life and we all got to be a part of it, with noone wasting time being sad that she would be gone. It’s one thing to have a light at the end of the tunnel, but who wants to live with a dark hole at the end of the tunnel.

  2. Maria Says:

    I have been watching the date count down on her blog for the last several weeks, with the impending dread of what is to come. And thanking God for the time she did have here and that I got to *know* her. It also makes me glad that God doesn’t allow us to know our future….

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