Musings From A Bookmammal

Six Word Saturday–1/25/14


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My heart is with my friend.

pink sunsetNext week one of my co-workers—and a good friend—will attend the trial of the person responsible for the death of her 22-year-old daughter nearly three years ago. Her daughter’s boyfriend was killed in the same incident. There’s no doubt that the woman who will finally go on trial was responsible for these deaths—the only thing to be determined is the level of negligence.

I won’t share any specific details of the event that killed these two young people, because it’s not my story to tell—and I can’t even attempt to be unbiased. I’ll just say that they were on the threshold of endless possibilities in their lives—both within months of completing training to enter helping professions–and in one instant it all ended.

There have been so many delays of this trial over the past three years that I can’t even keep track of them all. There have been nearly thirty pre-trial courtroom appearances concerning this case—my friend has attended every one of them. It makes me wonder how  “cruel and unusual punishment” is defined, because it seems to me that having to go through these endless postponements has been very cruel to the loved ones and friends of both of these young people.

Any death of a child is beyond horrible. Parents are not meant to bury their children. In my friend’s case, the situation is escalated because her daughter was her only child, and she was a single mom. I don’t know how she’s managed to keep it together as she has.

I don’t know what the outcome of this will be. I can only hope that my friend will get some measure of closure when it’s over. I’m trying very hard to believe some sort of justice will finally be served.

Not my usual light-hearted Six Word Saturday today—but my heart is too full for anything else right now. Thanks for reading.

Author: bookmammal

I love books, reading, writing, cooking, eating, reading while eating, and sharing thoughts about all of the above–plus a bit more! I usually post about topics relating to books and literacy during the week, and then participate in a variety of non-bookish memes on the weekend. Please feel free to join in! Some random things about me– –I have multiple bookshelves in every room of my home except the bathroom. They’re all filled to bursting. They help to make my house my home. –I have two cats who I love dearly, but who I definitely do NOT dress in human clothing. Ever. –I’ve never had a cavity. –I make a mean spaghetti sauce. –I’m a newcomer to yoga and I love it. –My day is not complete without a little chocolate.

15 thoughts on “Six Word Saturday–1/25/14

  1. What a tragic story… Thinking if you and your friend…

  2. One feels for you and your friends. A terrible tragedy and legal systems are always slow and justice seems hard to get.
    I hope this soon comes to a satisfactory end.


  3. Our prayers are with your friend.

  4. Friends and loved ones coming together in times like this are priceless! You are a good friend, bless you all.

  5. How awful. Hopefully this trial will put an end to the delays and will finally bring things, at least the legal things, to a close.

  6. You are a good friend. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.

  7. I do hope the trial part is over soon for your friend. The quest for justice often appears to have a way of heaping misery onto the innocent.

  8. Wow. That’s quite a story. All my best wishes for all of it to end soon..

  9. Blessings and kind thoughts to you and your friend… We wait with you.

  10. What a terrible tradgedy, and how awful that your friend has had to sit through all those court proceedings already. Thinking of you both.

  11. Bless you. 🙂 This is hard isn’t it? We feel so badly for friends and relatives who get into serious troubles. We feel very badly for them yet we know what it right. And we don’t know all the facts, neither does the jury sometimes. I do hope she has a very good attorney.

  12. This isn’t one to “like” is it? I don’t know how you get through something like this. The whole thing is a nightmare, and no doubt the press are hovering and “interested”. I don’t know about the justice aspect- the responsible person has themselves to live with. How do they do that? But your poor friend- words can’t come close!

  13. I’m so sorry to hear this about your friend. My family went through a similar ordeal in June of 2000 when my cousin was murdered. It was a very long process, even after the week-long trial was over. We attended over 30 hearings after the trial, and almost 14 years later, we hope its finally done. There isn’t much to say to people in this situation, but just being there helps so much. Thoughts go out to you and your friend!

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