Friday, May 9, 2008

I could only hope to be this brave

This man right here? Now, there's a hero. We all have people we look up to, who we want to emulate. This man is now one of mine. I cannot imagine a more heroic way to die. Holding your child above your head to avoid the weight of the car crushing you against the fence. To see the car coming toward you and instinctively raising your daughter to safety above while you bear the brunt of the impact. To die knowing that at least you saved her.

Of course his children won't care how heroic he was, they will only want their daddy. I'm sure his family would prefer he hadn't had to die a hero, or die at all. I'm fairly confident that they wish the driver of the car hadn't chosen to get behind the wheel. But the pride they'll have! The stories that will be told. I can't imagine it will be any comfort.


Anonymous said...

Hmmm. Sad, but beautiful at the same time. He IS a real Hero! Thanks for sharing this.

Twisting Ivy said...

Wow. That's such a sad and touching story. =(

I think we all have a little bit of that inside us, when it comes protecting our babies.