I was so shocked to hear of the suicide of that poor nurse at the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated.
She was the victim of a joke - a rather good joke, really - in which absolutely no-one came to the least harm, no earth shattering secrets were revealed, no one was hurt ... and yet she has taken her own life ..why?
Now her family and her poor little children have to deal with this bereavement, the jokers at the radio station have for some perverted reason been branded 'murderers', and I'm sure the Royal couple - like the rest of us - must be pretty saddened about it as well.
All this terrible grief over a prank which would have made most normal people snigger, and maybe have prompted the hospital to be a bit fussier about their switchboard arrangements.
I can only presume that this nurse, poor girl, was already 'on the edge' as you might say. Her life may have been so difficult, so stressful, that this was the straw that broke the camel's back, and she felt that she could no longer cope.
This brings me to my point: why did no-one notice she was so distressed? Why was no-one there to hold her hand and see her through what she perceived as a crisis? Why do we live in such an uncaring society?
It is the same for many members who use this site. They suffer, yet no-one sees. They feel guilty, useless, suicidal even, yet who notices, or really cares?
We of course are not the only ones who suffer alone. There are a great many who endure illness, poverty, bereavement, homelessness and cruelty, yet there is no hand of friendship waiting to cheer them.
Many's the perfectly decent person who will 'pass by on the other side'. Maybe they are too busy, or they have too many problems of their own - or maybe they are too blind to see that there is a problem. If anything at all comes of this sad business, let it be that we might look more kindly on others and be ready to offer a sympathetic word.
We are very fortunate to have this site where we can share our sorrows, have a rant, have a chuckle - even squabble with each other a bit!
It's all these human interactions that make life so vital and worth living - yes,even the squabbles! Let's keep on in there - whatever the ups and downs, what's important is that we are here for each other.
I hope that you all enjoy your Christmas preparations - carry on loving and laughing as well as you can.
Big Christmassy hugs ...Moffy xxx