Some of you may know this, most of you probably don't. But my father is a construction worker. He's been working at a power plant in Middletown here in CT.
Yesterday morning, there was a gas explosion at his construction site that left 5 people dead and dozens wounded.
I was at work all day yesterday. When I walked in the door, my mother informed me of the accident. My father was safe, fortunately. But he is now going to be unemployed for an undetermined amount of time - he may not be going back to work. At all.
This is not the first time there has been a grave accident on the job. My father is thinking about retiring early. I'm not sure what this means for me in terms of work and school. I may have to pick up a second job this summer. I can do a full two years at the community college, but I'll still need to pay for another 2 years at a university. I'm realizing now that I need to pick up the pieces faster, get myself together sooner. I need to be prepared to take care of myself in all ways - financially, emotionally, physically - within the next few months. This amount of responsibility is a bit frightening. I knew that this day was going to come. I just didn't expect it to come under these kind of circumstances, and without much warning.
I can do this. And so, I will.
5 weeks ago