I'm alive and well and was planning on keeping up the hiatus until tomorrow afternoon and then I saw this article on cnn.com. Grrrr.
The headline states: Travolta 'struggling' five months after son's death
Then, in the top section, where they clue you in as to what you can find in the article it reports:
- Denzel Washington: John Travolta still grieving his son's death five months ago
- Actor unable to help promote "The Taking of Pelham 123," Washington says
- Jett Travolta, 16, died in January while on vacation with parents in the Bahamas
- "One moment he's OK and the next he's in tears," Washington says of Travolta
Really? Who would have guessed it? Who would have thunk that a person would still be mourning their baby? I don't get angry often, but this strikes me as beyond insensitive. It's only been FIVE months, people.
Mr. Washington was actually quite sweet in what he had to say, and really, the article itself isn't as snippy as I had feared it would be. And, I know I'm coming at this from an entirely different point of view from many many people and that most people wouldn't see anything out of the ordinary in those bulletted points. However, I don't think it's to be unexpected that Mr. Travolta and his wife are still grieving. Of course they are! They will for the rest of their lives because they are forever changed. They have lost a most precious and beautiful child and my heart still hurts for them.
Again, I'm eternally thankful I'm NOT famous and I've been "allowed" to grieve my way, not some way that is prescribed as "normal", that my pain and sorrow aren't news fodder. I will say an extra prayer for Mr. Travolta and Ms. Preston this evening.
And, no, this is not one of my more eloquently written pieces, but I felt I had to write. Until you've walked a mile in their shoes, don't make statements about people still grieving. Grrrr.