This weekend was the one year anniversary of my dad’s accident.
I really wish that I could tell you in the past year they’ve caught the guy who did this and he’s been punished. But he hasn’t. Because no one ever looked for him and the cops closed the case. It’s bullshit and it makes all of us so angry.
But that’s not what I want to focus on. I want to focus on the good things.
Like how my dad went from this…
There are some lasting effects from the accident. Like the fact that he has to walk with a cane and on cold and damp days he has a lot of pain in his legs. But for the most part, he’s doing great. He goes to the gym every day and he does his household chores like a good husband and he hangs out with my grandfather. And if you need to know anything that is going on in the world, just call him up…because he watches the news all day long. Seriously…he could be an anchorman.
We are very much looking forward to the holidays this year…and are grateful that we actually get to spend them at home instead of the hospital. Last Thanksgiving, Dad was on a respirator and Mom and I got called to the ICU in the middle of dinner because there were complications. This year, we’ll all be stuffing our faces with turkey and watching football in CT. This year will be much better.
As I said, I’m still very angry that we haven’t gotten any justice for this situation…yet (though we are still working on it). But I feel like I learned a very important lesson. Your life can change in a second and without any warning. It’s really important to appreciate what you have and make every minute count…because you never know what’s going to happen next. Also…when life takes a bad turn, it’s very easy to just give up…but you have to keep on fighting. No one wins by just giving up. If everyone who reads this takes that away with them then at least something good can come of this.