It has been over 11 years since the day my best friend was involved in a very bad car crash. I remember him not showing up in the morning to class. I remember the announcement to teachers to not count students late due the closure of the road leading to the school due to a very serious crash. While I had put things together in my head, it wasn’t until lunch that I had found out for sure that my friend was in the crash. He had suffered several internal injuries and it was unknown if he would make it through the night. I can remember as if it were yesterday the cold, shaking feeling that came over me, the fear, the worrying, the anger. My parents went that night to check in on him in the hospital (I was not old enough to go to the ICU). They told me it looked like his parents aged 10 years in a day. The next morning came and we found out not only that he had made it, but was improving…it looked like he was going to be okay. People at school who barely knew him were coming up to me to ask about how he was doing.. all were generally concerned… all had this expression on their face that said, “That could have been me.” Years have now passed and my friend recovered and graduated and went on to college. Later he got married. He was lucky. But to this day every time I pass the spot where the crash occurred I think about it and I think that it could have turned out another way.
– MJ (San Antonio, TX)