I feel horrible tonight. My 11 yr old just called one of his close friends to get the homework that's due tomorrow. He brought me the phone--the boy's mother wanted to talk to me. She was crying and told me her son was in an accident today. He was going to be ok, but he's in the burn center with 3rd degree burns on his legs, and elsewhere, from his clothes catching fire. He's most likely going to be there 2 weeks and will have 2 surgeries. Just imagining what this family is going through makes me feel sick inside. The boy is alert and in good spirits, and asked for my son and another friend to come visit. She told me she understood if I didn't want to expose my son to that situation. I told her not to think twice about that, and we'd be there as soon as she gave us the word (he's having surgery tomorrow.) The burn center is about 25 miles away. I think the best thing I can do is drive my son over there after school as many days as the boy needs company.
I feel so awful about this that I had to express it somewhere. I'm glad you guys have this thread here.