My co-worker came back to work today. He was expected back a week ago but a late night text on new year’s eve informed me that he would not be doing so because his younger brother had suddenly passed away early that morning. I was heart broken. I knew how close they were. I had just arrived that morning after spending a week with my family. What an awful way to end the year. It definitely dampened any excitement for the new year’s festivities. I have been thinking about it intermittently since then wondering what I would say when I saw him. But this is not about me. So there he sits across the room like he has done everyday before. He masks his grief for he must carry on. I would like to give him a hug and let me know I too agree that it’s so unfair. But instead I smile and say hello as I always do.