Sweet young precious life
Memories getting older
Gentle wisp of wind
Touch my face, tell me you're here
Touch my heart and soul
June 8, 1991. That is a very important date in our lives here at Spadoville. It was twenty one years ago on this date that our oldest daughter Maggie was killed in an automobile accident. It still hurts. It still cuts deeply into our souls.
Along with Maggie, we lost Jim Cooper on that day. That's him, leaning on his old jalopy, in the photo above. Adrienne was in the back seat and lived to tell about it. It’s been tough for her as a survivor of such a tragedy. But it is her vow to carry on my daughter’s memory, forever. Ours too.
|Bobby, Maggie and Adrienne on Maggie's graduation day in 1991. We lost Bobby too a few years later. He was in a plane crash. His story will be told in November|
Yes, there are others in each of our lives that have passed on before us, but today is the day we remember this particular tragedy. I think a trip to the cemetery is in order today. We’ll look at her name on the granite stone marker. We’ll see the roses that Adrienne placed there. We’ll throw roses into the small pond that resides close to the granite bench. We will cry. We will embrace each other. We will go on living in the shadow of having lost our first born daughter. We will remember.
Don’t pity us, please. Just remember we are human and have lost a part of ourselves. Know that we are not quite ourselves today. Pray for peace for all people. Thank your higher power for every blessing you have.
|Margaret Ellen, (Maggie), Spado |
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