In Memory of Ervin Antonio Lupoe

by Writeside

What can be said about someone driven to despair and hopelessness in an economy torn apart?

“After a horrendous ordeal my wife felt it better to end our lives and why leave our children in someone else’s hands…”

Mr. Lupoe killed his wife, their five children, and then himself after both he and his wife had lost their jobs.

“… we have no job and 5 children under 8 years with no place to go. So here we are.”

Sadly, there will be more stories like this one before things turn around.

I can understand the feeling of being without a job. I know the empty feeling of not having any money and none coming in.

I can understand wanting to leave it all behind.

But I guess I can’t understand wanting to take your kids with you.

I wake up every day and hope that today will be better than yesterday, that today will be the day that the phone rings and a new future will unfold, and everyone will be safe and secure.

It hasn’t happened yet.

I don’t know how long it will be before I feel like Mr. Lupoe.

And this isn’t really about politics, but it IS about the “body politic” that we are all a part of.

We have let ourselves become a people who measure our success not by our collective standard of living, but by our individual gains.

We have forgotten that we can only be as great as our weakest citizen, that if there is one family who are living from day to day that we are all of us living day to day.

We have gone from “promoting the commonwealth” to promoting taking wealth from the common.

Perhaps we have not all lost our way just yet, but Ervin Antonio Lupoe did.

Who knows how many more are near that same precipice? Who knows what form total despair will take on in other hearts?

I hope we don’t get to see too much more.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit:
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

My prayer for the spirit of Ervin Antonio Lupoe, his wife Ana, their daughters, Brittney, Jaszmin and Jasseley and their sons, Benjamin and Christian are that this bible verse is correct, and that today they are indeed in possession of the kingdom of heaven.

I hope that they there find what they did not find here – peace…