please pray for Caleb Potter, updated 7/12

A storm blew in on Wednesday night,
while we were playing with sparklers in the driveway.
Smoke everywhere, the popping sounds of something call Pyrotechnic Pete, which Middle had chosen, the crushed clam shell surface was awash with excited children and dads.
We dined on grilled burgers and blue cheese and bacon over iceberg lettuce with corn on the cob.
And outside, all the while, the wind puffed in gusts.

In the morning, after a night of rain and cold, we walked for our coffees.
The internet was down - a cable out, and there was a hand-scrawled sign on the door of the cafe.
Please pray for Caleb Potter it read.
When we got inside, I asked the lady at the counter...
Can you tell me what happened to Caleb Potter? I'll say a prayer for him, I said.
He was hit by a truck the evening before, she told me, on one of the busier town roads.
He was skateboarding.
The medivac helicopter was not available and so he was driven by ambulance down to Hyannis.
A long way.
He had emergency brain surgery.
As the mother of skaters, I wonder if he wore a helmet. He is 25.
As a mother I cannot imagine his family's anguish.

On every shop door there is a hastily taped sign.
Please pray for Caleb Potter.
One cannot ignore the fact that the town feels different.
Young people are always at the town green, but today they have a sense of urgency about them.
There are some candles and a large sign has been placed on one of the benches.

And though I don't know him at all, I imagine he was one of the skaters I saw earlier in the week - forced to skate the roads as the skate park has been closed for renovation.
I can't get those signs out of my head -
I find myself thinking over and over of prayers for Caleb Potter.
And his mom.

For news of his condition from his family and friends please click here.

Comments

RW said…
brutal.
I too, on the west coast will pray for Caleb Potter. Heck, I will put him on the prayer list for Sunday liturgy. we will also pray for his family and especially his mother.
paula said…
You can add mine as well. For both of them...
KT said…
Caleb and his mom have my prayers.
MizMell said…
I, too, cannot imagine his family's anguish... My thoughts are with them.

What a wonderful close-knit town you are visiting. Wish all the world was so empathetic...
Jennifer said…
He has mine too.
I live in Wellfleet and saw the signs, too. I met Caleb's mom and saw him drive by often in a truck, since they live nearby. Sharon used to bring her three boys over with flowers for my elderly mother at Easter and Christmas, when the boys were little. Yes, Wellfleet is a close-knit town. Everyone is praying for Caleb.
islaygirl said…
my little girl had emergency brain surgery when she was 2. i'm praying for caleb potter and his mom. and his family. and his doctors.
Geggie said…
Any word on Caleb? I'm saying my prayers.
Carol said…
How awful...I am also the mother of a skater. I will pass this info on to him to remind him to wear his helmet.

I will also pray for Caleb.
ssheers said…
Will do.

Let us know how he's doing.
paola said…
Praying here too, for the two of them.
Keep us posted.
David said…
Sharon: The Friend family are all praying for Caleb.
Anonymous said…
Much love for Caleb and his family. He always smiled, and we pray that he will smile agan soon.
robiewankenobie said…
have, and will continue to.
Anonymous said…
First off, I've been praying he recovers 100% from the jump.

Secondly, he wasn't skateboarding in the streets of Wellfleet because the park was closed.

Thirdly, don't skitch unless you can really skateboard. That's just foolish.

Fourthly, Caleb, I hope you survive.

Fifthly, no one needs moms to supervise skateboarders. We ride to escape from you and the other controlling figures in our lives. It might seem great that you support skateparks and whatnot, but every true skateboarder would rather skate a ditch on the side of a road than some skatepark if it meant keeping true to the life.
lisa b said…
i am so humbled and honored to be a part of wellfleet. we are one continuous circle of community breathing in and out hope and deep, profound saddness and joy and angst...all for the potter boys and jan and sharyn. keep praying because i really think it is working. i sure feel it.
i love you all. lisa b
Marijean said…
Please do let us know if you hear an update on Caleb Potter. This post made me cry.
Anonymous said…
Much love to the Potters. Please keep praying, it truly is powerful.
Sarah Louise said…
praying here.
wentzle said…
amazing paddleout at lecounts tonight....130 plus in one circle of love and prayer....i have no doubt caleb was feeling our pryers and was with us in the circle...
aria/ wellfleet towns person. said…
aria said....

i went out to the paddle out at Lecounts and it was amazing. Kai said some great words. Cabel you are in my prays. And now Caleb is now in Boston Hospital and he is pespinding to Pinpricks and is kicking his legs and the doctors think he can hear people talk. Me and my mother know the Potters and we can feel for Yan (the father) and the brothers and the mother. Caleb you are in my thoughts and my prays. I do belive you can pull through this. and today my family hot dogs truck is supporting Calebs medical expencies and most of the money we made today has gone to thant. Oh, and if you see a Pirate hanging from a Car the is for Caleb.
molLy said…
caleb and all of his family and friends are constantly in my mind. when i walk into the fish and see all the postings and the messages and updates i really take a step back and realize how lucky we are. i mean, although this AWEFUL event has been thrust upon us it's an incredible experience to see how empathetic and closely knit our little town of wellfleet is. Caleb, we all love you and are sending good thoughts to you from everywhere........

also. i'm starting a scrapbook to send up to caleb (and family) of everyone here in wellfleet and all of the signs and prayer circles and everything. so, if you have any pictures or anything PLEASE either email them to me at live_life_crossing_lines@yahoo.com or drop them off at the flying fish on briar lane where i'm starting an envelope tomorrow morning. everything will be appreciated. whether it's pictures or notes, EVERYTHING will be added to the book. thank you for your future donations and for everything. keep claeb in mind.
Digitalvision said…
natasha and bobby pray for Caleb!