Wednesday, Nov. 01, 2006
The Day After
I had to give serious thought to whether or not I would be updating tonight. Yesterday was Halloween. I had no time to update last night, and I'd planned to update tonight, regaling you with tales of costumes and whatnot. One of my co-workers showed up in an absolutely flawless rendition of Cap'n Jack Sparrow himself.
Sadly, my plan was rearranged late this morning. I was driving in the course of work when I had to whip out my cell phone and call in a traffic accident of horrific magnitude. It was impossible to really tell what happened to precipitate things, but there were two vehicles (only one even remotely recognizable as a vehicle,) both overturned.
I have only been that close to one other fatal accident, and you instinctively know someone has died. There's this sick feeling in the pit of your stomach that tells you someone just met a tragic end.
By the time I called in to ask for a photographer, the paper had confirmation that at least one person had been pronounced dead.
For the rest of us, life goes on, of course. I had other responsibilities to take care of. I didn't stop; aside from the fact that it would have been downright dangerous (as it was on a busy highway,) I had an appointment elsewhere to make.
I came home and hugged MC, reminded of how fragile life truly is. We never know, do we?
Before - After
In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )