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A mother lost

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When tragedy hits a family, you can’t help sometimes compare the situation to your own family.

Especially when it is the death of a mother who leaves young children behind.

Shock is the initial feeling I felt when I heard my friend Karen Baker had died Sunday. She and I had been co- assistant leaders for our daughters’ Girl Scout troop, and then co-leaders.

Our children had attended the same daycare and then the same schools. Her children were similar in age to two of my children.

Karen was always smiling, laughing … You always felt good around her.

How saddening was my second thought. Her children. Her husband. Why?

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999, my first reaction was fear, but it was quickly followed by a deep, sinking feeling that I might not be around for my children, then ages 1 and almost 5.  

Karen’s children are middle school and high school ages, still very young. They still needed their mother.

My heart breaks for this family. And it also renews the worries.

Whether you’re a mother or father, you always want to be there for  your children. 

– Linda Lynn


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Linda Lynn

Linda Lynn was born and raised in rural Oklahoma. A graduate of Purcell High School, Lynn began working at The Oklahoman in 1987 as a reporter after earning a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma. She has served as both a... Read more ›