Yesterday, there was a moment of silence for the second anniversary of a former co-worker’s death.
He was a cameraman, tragically shot while covering something. He was in his early 40′s, and left a wife and two young daughters.
Everyone stood up at their desks and bowed their heads for what was supposed to be a minute but was actually several. For a whole huge newsroom to come to a halt in the middle of the day like that — that’s really something.
But another anniversary is coming up in a few weeks: his birthday. And for the third time since he was killed, I am going to get a Facebook reminder of how old he would have been.
I could just un-friend him, but that seems wrong. And it’s also possibly his widow maintains the page, and I wouldn’t want to do anything that might give the appearance of disrespecting his memory.
I hate to get those reminders, though.
I can’t possibly be the first person in this situation. Does anyone else out there have any suggestions?
If not, I will just get the reminder, feel sad, and deal with it.