Thursday, November 11, 2010

We will miss you Margaret Sia

We just bought a 2006 Grand Caravan to  replace our aging 1994 Caravan that seems to be gasping it’s last breath of life. The new van has 237,000 kilometers on it already but seems to run well.  On the back of my mind, I worry about the newer van  breaking down. 
What if it breaks down? 
Was buying it a mistake? 
Then, we have to spend to replace it again. 
Then, it’s more money spent than if we kept the old van...etc, etc...

As they say, I was over-thinking it. 

Then, I received an email about Margaret Sia, 22, passing away.

I was shocked.

Margaret? It couldn’t be.

I knew Margaret personally. She joined a beauty pageant. She helped her parents when they still owned Golden Valley Grocery. Her parents, Henry and Alice, even gave me food to bring home to my parents when there is an event at the store. One time, I ate there and they even gave me one whole roasted chicken to bring home to my parents also 

I remember what priests have always preached. We worry about losing material things because of the inconvenience it will cause us.  Or the money that went down the drain. 

But if we lose a loved one, a human being, no amount of money can compensate for the loss. 

If your car breaks down, you can work two jobs to buy a cheap replacement or have it repaired. It is an inconvenience. It will cramp your lifestyle because of the financial burden, that’s all.

With Margaret, there is no replacing her. Her loss is not an inconvenience but a tragedy. Her loss will stay with you forever. She was somebody’s daughter, sister, niece, friend.

There are no words that can console for the death of loved ones. 

Please accept my sincere condolences to the whole family. 

I will miss you Margaret Sia.

Tito Joey


  1. We were saddened when we heard the news about Marge. I remember that she's always friendly, always smiling. There was a time when we bump into them at a local Vietnamese place. She was the first to give us a friendly look, a friendly smile. It's that welcome feeling that you get when come to an unfamiliar place.

    Anyway Joey, you're right. Though it's hard, we should stop caring about impermanent things, they're just things.

    Musta na ? -Raymond

  2. I went to school with margaret, she is always cheerful and kind hearted person. I was shocked the very moment I heard about the incident, I still dont know what happened. May her soul rest in peace.


  3. Can someone please tell me what happend to Marge???