“There are losses that rearrange the world. Deaths that change the way you see everything, grief that tears everything down. Pain that transports you to an entirely different universe, even while everyone else thinks nothing has really changed.”
— Megan Devine
It all comes down to this.
“One half of one second.”
If ANY of the factors that came into play that day had afforded just ONE HALF of ONE SECOND, the vehicle that you & dad had been driving in would have been able to safely clear that intersection without impact.
Just ONE HALF of ONE SECOND and we would not have had to sit in that courtroom for an entire week ripping open these wounds and bleeding publicly for all to see.
Just ONE HALF of ONE SECOND and you & dad would still be alive today – preparing to celebrate your 50th wedding anniversary next year.
Just ONE HALF of ONE SECOND.
A fraction of a second – now feels frozen in time.
Just one half of one second; yet it took your lives, and stole the breath from mine.
Mama, it was you, yourself, who taught me that the highest form of intelligence is kindness and that the greatest form of love is forgiveness.
I hope that someday I can forgive him – but, more than this, I hope that one day he truly realizes the magnitude of what he has done here and, when that happens, I hope he can somehow find a way to forgive himself.