After I dodged the tornado in August, I still couldn’t find a broadcasting job! I was broke, so I stayed in Salt Lake and finally got a job at a ski shop in nearby Park City, then took a lift operator position at Deer Valley ski resort.
I kept applying for on-camera news positions out of state, but also applied to be a news producer at a Boise, Idaho television station. On-camera jobs were so competitive and I had to be realistic with my job expectations.
I drove up to Boise and did a lengthy interview with a woman who was in charge of hiring. It went fabulously!
I knew I could do that job well. I was confident and sure I was going to be a news producer and move to Boise. Except, I didn’t get the job. Or, any other news job! Arg!
So, in Salt Lake I remained. My older brother and sister-in-law were living in Texas at the time, but they were visiting family a few hours away, near Idaho Falls. My sister-in-law had gone through a miscarriage, but was now 22 weeks pregnant, with twins!
But there were some terrible complications while they were in Idaho. My sister-in-law was transferred down to a Salt Lake hospital. On December 8th, my father’s birthday, she lost her little boy, Corban, but gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Lisa Zoe. Lisa weighed one pound.
I wish I could say I was a huge comfort and help to my brother and sister-in-law, but I wasn’t. Being young and not having any children of my own, I couldn’t comprehend the depth of their pain. I didn’t know what to say or how to act. Still, I got to hold my precious little niece in the palms of my hands and I will cherish that experience forever. Lisa passed away December 18th, in my brother’s arms.