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Myra fell asleep exhausted after waiting for hours to hear from her son Seth who had headed to South Carolina to meet up with his friends for a weekend at the beach;  he should have been there by now. Seth was the best of her three children at staying in touch and keeping her up to date on his life at college; it wasn't like him not to check in.  Shortly after midnight she woke to the sound of her phone beeping, signaling that a text message had arrived.  She opened her eyes long enough to read "Mom, it's amazing here, I'm fine", then she fell peacefully back to sleep. A couple hours later she was awakened by two policeman standing at her door with sober faces. They had come to notify her that her son had been killed in an auto accident around 11 PM as he swerved in an attempt to avoid a head-on collision with a truck coming toward him in the wrong lane.

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16 comments:

  1. How sad, but she knows where he ended up is amazing. Bittersweet post.

    Have a terrific day. :)

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    1. Yes sad, but at least his mom will have some piece of mind!

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    1. It just worked out that way Gail, I wasn't intending to be depressing, but I wanted to relay a message that would have a lasting impact and certainly this would!

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  3. He's doing well, indeed. A bit spine tingling.

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    1. He is doing better than well Mimi, and in the end that is what we most want for our children... peace, contentment, joy!

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  4. I believe in this kind of "message", sad but somehow comforting.

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    1. Thank you Annie, I believe these things happen too, and I agree that there was a degree of comfort offered in the midst of this heartbreaking tale.

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  5. This happens, Josie. I know. We were rear ended by a young man a year ago and it totaled our car out. Had it have been the Mustang they would have needed Jaws of Life to get us out of there. The young man made no effort to stop, I could see him coming fast in the mirror. We were stopped in traffic and there was no place for us to go. Our friends picked up on this and said that he was probably texting and driving.
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    1. :) Oh yes, we decided at five this morning to not go to 'jail.' We may go next week to a different one. The weather is bad in Oklahoma now and snowing in Kansas. No place for Texans to be. I'll pick a Southern jail.
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    2. That is sadly very possible. I know that bad feeling of watching a car come flying toward you with no apparent intent to hit the brakes... terrifying! I am so glad you weren't seriously injured or worse. We know that life can change - or end - in an instant!

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    3. I so agree with you about travelling north in bad weather. I spent over twenty years of my life in South Dakota, those winters can be brutal. Mild winters are the one (and maybe only) thing I really like about living in West Texas as we do.

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    1. Thank you, Patricia! It had the same effect on me as I was writing this. I can envision something happening just like this, I'm sure it has!

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