My 19-year-old middle daughter Katie had been alive this time last month, and now she was gone—struck down by a ruptured cerebral aneurysm just a month after completing her freshman year of college. A studio art major with a talent that turned heads. Her radiance lit the room. Her ability to love others left them buoyed and feeling valued. Just like that—she was gone.
I paced at dawn in my back yard, fists balled at my side, railing at God. “What??! How can you have allowed this to happen? No!” I wailed the guttural cry of an animal in pain.
That was eight years back, when the initial tsunami of shock had barely crested, leaving in its wake wave after wave of agony. Caught in such a wave that morning, a mental image came to mind…
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