Yeah, I'm sure most of you have heard about the early (only 44!) demise of Steve Irwin. I just still can't believe it, even though the odds are usually against those in his line of work.
I have to admit that I never really admired the guy, and he sometimes irritated me with his loud, hyper, Aussie self. That is, until DH and I watched some specials about him on Animal Planet yesterday.
Before watching those shows, I never knew that he was such a caring person, and like most of us, prone to a tear or 2 the older (and wiser) he became. He was not only hyperactive, but he was SO passionate about life, animals, and their environments. He loved his children above all things, no matter what people chose to think after the "Baby Bob Incident" (as the media reported it in typically one-sided fashion).
I'm very saddened when I think of his very close friends and family, and what they must be going through right now, but Steve Irwin died while living and working his passion, and not many of us will be able to claim that when our time comes.