Today should have been the happiest day of their lives but it was the saddest day of all.
You may have heard of this but just in case you haven’t…..
A young teacher went into her school last weekend to complete work for while she was to be away on her honeymoon. She was due to be married within days. She was never seen again by her fiancée, her family or her friends. A massive search was undertaken.
What is thought to be her remains were found today, the day she was to be married to her childhood sweetheart. It is alleged that she was murdered by a cleaner at the school.
As the mother of a bride to be, I can’t begin to imagine how her fiancée and her family are coping with this awful tragedy. With everything ready for the wedding and guests arriving, the sadness would be overwhelming.
The small town where she taught is in mourning and today her parents hosted a picnic for people to attend. They were asked to wear yellow (her favourite colour) and to take along their stories and memories of Stephanie. This in itself is remarkable. I honestly don’t know how I would cope if I was in their position.
My daughter loves yellow too and she went wedding dress shoping today. It put it into perspective for me.
My husband is a teacher and most of my friends are teachers. They all go into school during holidays and weekends to prepare work and I expect them to come home again afterwards and thankfully they do.
This young teacher should have been married today but instead she is being mourned.
There is a lot about this on social media with many brides today asked to wear a bit of yellow in honour of Stephanie. Others are putting out their wedding dresses or sharing photos of their dresses online. Many of these people, like me, do not know Stephanie but feel for her family and fiancée and want to show their support and the fact they are in our thoughts. An outpouring of grief is an apt description.
It’s a sad, sad day indeed. My heart goes out to everyone involved.