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Unfortunately, she was right. I understand far better than I care to…
Every parent wants their child to do the right things and make smart choices. Inevitably, given enough time and freedom, they will mess up… It’s part of them growing up and us letting go.
But it’s incredibly difficult to live with the knowledge that a single, small, innocent mistake cost your child his life…
Which is why we decided to talk about it, hoping to raise awareness of the danger in our community.
The bracelets have arrived, and so it begins… I’ve no idea what I’m doing, nor do I have any specific plan in mind, only the desire to prevent this heartbreak from happening to someone else.
Though in doing this, I sense we have passed another point of no return. As John said, every bracelet we give away means this really happened to Brian, to us… Each telling of the tale reopens our anguish; it’s unavoidable… Will seeing our pain change opinions, persuade others? Heaven only knows…
And speaking openly about this outside of our family and friends makes me a little bit nervous. I don’t know how I will react if someone suggests Brian deserved what happened to him… No one deserves to die over a phone call.
I hope I turn out to be as strong as I want to be, so I can fulfill whatever mission He has set before me.
This is another decision that will hurt my momma’s heart… Only this time, it’s because it hurts mine...
Wishing you sunshine and hope…tg
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