February 6, 2013

It started out as just another day.

I woke up at 4:30 AM.

I drove from Masontown to the Uniontown YMCA for my daily run and workout.

Then I drove back home.

I got showered.

I got dressed.

I was substitute teaching that day.

I was eating breakfast.

I got a call from my dad.

He was working at our family grocery store, Howard’s Market, just like he did every day.

He said, “Your mom took the gun. She’s going to kill herself. Go look for her.”

I was scared.

My heart was racing.

I made a left onto Main Street.

I made a right onto Church Avenue.

There she was.

I saw her Jeep parked behind the store.

My heart was pounding.

I was excited to see her Jeep yet terrified at the same time.

I made a right on Washington Street, a right onto Spring Avenue, and then a right onto Green Lane.

I parked my Jeep.

I walked over to my mom’s Jeep.

There was steam on the windows.

I looked inside.

My mom was in the driver’s seat hunched over.

I knocked on the window.

There was no response.

The doors were locked.

My mom shot herself in the head.

She was gone forever.

The day that started out as just another day didn’t end like just another day.

Please be kind to one another. Please love one another. Please remember what’s most important in life.

We don’t know what people are going through. We don’t know the last time we will see somebody we love.

Live life to the fullest. Make the most of your time. Keep yourself healthy. Make yourself happy. Find peace inside.