Follies in Florida
My adventures in the Sunshine State

Rollercoaster of Emotions

I was doing a good job of keeping up with the blog there for a while.  July has been crazy, and has been a whirlwind of emotions.

I was tabbed to take over the Treasury department for Gevity in June and have been making the transition over slowly.  I have worked in Treasury before at Zale and had a great mentor who showed me a lot and trained me very well.

The month took a turn for the worst last Wednesday, when I received word that one of my former coworkers at Zale and best friend’s children drowned in the family pool.  I was completely saddened and shocked by this news.  Matt Stocco is one of the best dad’s I know and his children were his life.  I do not know how a person can ever recover from something like this but he and his wife Vanny are constantly in my prayers.

I am not the kind of person that shows a lot of emotion but I was pretty shaken up by the all the events.  Once I learned when the services were planned, I scrambled for a ticket back to Dallas.  I want to thank Felipe for giving me one of his Southwest Airlines vouchers to use, I am very grateful.  While I am always happy to go back to Dallas, I was bummed the entire plane ride from Tampa.  All that kept going through my mind was, “What do I say to Matt?”

Sprinkles picked me up from the airport on Friday and we were both pretty bummed to do anything.  I knew the long day ahead and just wanted to get some rest.

The day of the services was very hard.  James picked me and Sprinkles up along with another former coworker John Ream to go to the church.  Once we got there it was like a Zale reunion for me.  Tons of people I had not seen since I left and while happy to see everyone, it always seems like you only get back in touch with people at funerals or weddings.  I won’t go into details of the service, but I will say that Matt and his dad both gave great eulogies to send the kids to heaven.

The reception was just as hard since it was at their house.  This was my first opportunity to talk to Matt one on one and it took everything inside of me not to break down crying ( I did that later).  The rest of the day all of us at the reception continued to drink to try and block the sad event we had all witnessed only hours earlier.  The rest of the night I just chilled with Sprinkles.  She was my rock through all of this and I appreciate her more than she realizes.

Sunday I had to make my way back to Tampa, but before heading back I was able to grab lunch with James and catch up for a while.  I then headed on to Austin where I had planned to meet my sister and Lloyd while on my layover.  Little did I know that my dad, stepmom, stepsister, stepbrother and niece all made the trek from Houston to surprise me at the airport.  This was one hell of a surprise and it could not have come at a better time.  I was so happy to see my family even if it was only for an hour.  They even brought me Rudy’s BBQ to enjoy while we visited.  After a long and emotion filled week it was a nice way to go back to Florida.

Links to some of the articles surrounding the drownings.  Here and here.

I ask whoever reads this to keep the Stocco’s in their prayers as they try and get through this difficult situation.


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