A Collection of Apologies After the Collision

Briteny Z

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Dear Mom, I’m sorry that I never listened, I’ve never been good at it. I thought it’d be okay to send a quick text back. I’ve done it before, and nothing happened. I could have sworn that there was no one else on the road, Not that it excuses my mistake. I’m sorry for all the times we’ve argued and fought I never meant any of the things I said I hope you know. Dear Dad, I’m sorry I wrecked the car, I know how hard you and mom work to make money for our family. I’m sorry for the bills I left behind from the collision, I know how expensive trips to the ER and funerals are. Dear Sister, I’m sorry to force you into understanding something you are too young to, I remember talking to you about religion and life when you were 8, You didn’t have the slightest clue what I meant by the things I said. I’m sorry I won’t be there to pick you up from school anymore, I know mom stalls when she’s supposed to pick you up. I’m sorry I never taught you how to paint or play the piano as I promised. I’m sorry I took your best friend away from you. Dear Brother, I’m sorry I put you through that fear and pain, That’s not what a big sister should have done, I’m supposed to protect and look after you. I’m sorry I was a bad sister, And I’m sorry I never told you how much I cared about you. Dear Best Friend, I’m sorry I failed to listen to your countless “Drive safe.” texts, I know it bothers you when I’m texting you back when I’m driving. I’m sorry we won’t be having any more late night phone calls or trips to the store, I know you hate going places by yourself. I’m sorry I threw all our years of friendship away for 3 seconds to text someone back, It wasn’t worth it. Dear Grandparents, I’m sorry I never call anymore, I really do miss you guys a lot. Dear Next Door Neighbor, I’m sorry for the times that I blocked your driveway, You won’t have to worry about that anymore. Dear Significant Other, I’m sorry I never valued my life as much as you valued mine, I’m sorry I let you down one last time. I’m glad to have spent the rest of my life with you, but I’m sorry I didn’t give you the chance to do the same. To the Family Who’s Lives I’ve Turned Upside Down, I’m sorry I took away your pride and joy, I’m sure he had so much potential in his future. I’m sorry to leave you with the funeral bills and medical bills from the ambulance that came for your son to desperately try to preserve the life that was rapidly escaping. I’m terribly sorry for the years of hurt I will put into your life from one night. I know that no amount of apologies will fix or cease what I have done, But I hope this can allow for some closure. To Whom it May Concern, No matter what, it isn’t worth it. Trust me, you can get answer that text or phone call later, They’ll understand.


Description

We always think about how distracted driving hurts ourselves and others that were directly involved in the collision. However, we often forget how many people truly are affected by tragedies that could have been prevented as such. “A Collection of Apologies” is exactly what the title is, a collection of apologies. The apologies are written from the perspective of a teenage girl who was texting and driving and ended up causing a collision that killed her younger brother, another young driver, as well as herself. The collection of apologies shares all of the emotions and regrets the girl had when reflecting on what happened. The wide arrange of people represent all the people that would deeply be affected by the driver’s death such as her parents and best friend, as well as those who may not have been as close with the driver, like her grandparents and next door neighbor, but were affected regardless.