What's the biggest shock you ever received?

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What's the biggest shock you ever received?--Al

-- Al Schroeder (al.schroeder@nashville.com), May 13, 2000


July 14, 1986: "Bev...Gilbert had a heart attack. He died." May 18, 1996: "Mom, David was in an car crash; he's not going to make it." April 20, 1999: "Mrs. Sykes. There's been an accident. Your son is dead."

I hate the telephone.

-- Bev Sykes (basykes@dcn.davis.ca.us), May 13, 2000.

The early death of my Mother at forty years of age when I was twenty two years old and a father to be. Up until that time death had been an academic sort of thing - - "bang, bang you're dead, ain't not neither ! You missed." The gory stories, attending the funeral of a classmate who I knew not well and had no knowledge of the summertime illness which took him. Loss of a mother is not a thing that is borne with panache by a boy just grown into a man.

-- Denver doug (ionoi@webtv.net), May 13, 2000.

October 14, 1999 about 3:30 am (CST), phone rings: "Hey Hot Dog" (me) "Uh Charlie?" "Yea" (me)"Is everything alright?" "No, Greg's been in an accident" (me)"Oh god, is he okay?" "No hon, he's not"

Then of course the shock of actually seeing him, seeing that it really was him at the mortuary before the make-up. Thinking, it's him, but it doesn't really look like him...

-- Glenna B. Yarnot (glennab@home.com), May 13, 2000.

Unfortunately, I don't like bringing up death, but the biggest shock I ever received was my mom's phone call six years ago, telling me, "Katie, your Daddy is dead.".

I lost it. Went into hysterics.

When someone dies suddenly with no previous known illness, (I know a lot of us can relate), it's a horrible shock. No time to prepare. Just immediate despair.

-- Katie (missmermaid@hotmail.com), May 15, 2000.

Life and death

Death . . . On April sixth this year . . . as I sat beside my sisters hospital bed and heald her hand while she died. She had a brain aneurysm explode earlier in the day while at work. She was 35. Her son is 6.

I'm still in shock

Life . . . "You're pregnant." I was just 17.

-- Tracey (icemouse@mdvl.net), May 18, 2000.

The biggest shock I ever received was when I was a young boy, and I decided to take the cover off an outlet to see what was inside. The screwdriver I was using touched something inside and I somehow got the shock of my life.

Another time I found that if I dropped a piece of Christmas tinsel near the front of the TV, it got sucked onto the screen. I did this again and again, until the screen was covered in tinsel. I didn't realize it at the time, but I was building a giant capacitor. When I reached out to remove the tinsel, ZZZZZAP! Not as bad as the outlet incident though.

-- Dave Van (davevan01@hotmail.com), May 19, 2000.

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