Was That Last Text Worth it?

Kimberly C

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Losing someone you love is an indescribable event in one’s life. It hurts to have seen that person everyday then all of a sudden they’re gone and there isn’t anything you can do to change it. On February 5th , 2017, I lost my uncle in a traumatic car accident. His name was Robert Caudill and we called him Robby. He was 32 years old. He had two daughters, one named Allison who was 8 and one named Brooklyn who was 6. He worked for the family construction company with his two brothers and his father. One of his brothers is my dad.

On this day, it was Super Bowl Sunday. I went to church that morning and started the day off right. I knew it was going to be a great day. I went home from church and cleaned the house so we could have company over for the big game. The food was all cooked, family and friends were all there, it was a wonderful feeling. Robby happened to go with some friends to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the game instead. We were all enjoying ourselves when my uncle Stuart got a phone call from his dad saying Robby had been in an accident. Looking at my Nana which is Robby’s mom, I could tell her heart sank. She ran to her car and immediately drove straight to Morhead. My parents and other family went also. Later that night, my mom told me Robby didn’t make it and neither did his friend who was driving.

During this horrible time, that was the first time I saw my dad cry. Seeing the strongest man I know at his weakest point is something I will never forget. My Nana was too weak to tell Robby’s kids the news so the rest of the family had to. Allison cried in my uncle Stuart’s arms and Brooklyn ran to her bedroom. I went in and checked on her and as I did she was holding her teddy bear saying, “This is awful. I loved my daddy.” We then went over to my grandparents house to see them. My nana has always been the type to be dressed up and presentable. You could tell she was grieving and couldn’t take the pain. She lost her baby boy who lived with her up until he passed. My papaw looked the same. It took a lot from them. We had to pick arrangements for the funeral service and visitation which was so hard. This tragedy brought out the worst in us all.

Losing someone so great in your life breaks you. There is no way to explain how it feels. It is something you can’t control but you wish you could. It has taught me to never take a single moment for granted and to always tell people you love them as much as you can. It also taught me to be strong and know that family is always there for you through the hardest times  and they are all you will ever need. Because of this terrible event, my family is closer than ever. We have all come to a realization that life is way too short so be happy and love as much as you can before you can’t anymore. The most important thing to always remember is to keep your seat belt on and drive safe always. Don’t text and drive because it could harm you or others on the road. You never know when this could happen to you or to someone you love. Always use caution and obey the laws. The simple action of buckling your seatbelt can determine the rest of your life.