crash

‘When you woke up this morning, was it business as usual? For most of us, I’m sure it was.’: Woman reminds others to ‘tread lightly’ because you never know what others have ‘lost’ in wake of Kobe Bryant death

“But, for some, it wasn’t, and it won’t be for a while. And for those, I pray. After my dad passed, everything was a struggle. I’d get dressed and wonder why. I’d go to put my makeup on and feel like a self-obsessed idiot. What was the point of wearing mascara? How could I care how I look at a time like this? I was a fragile shell of the girl I was just days before. You can do better.”

‘I heard there was a plane crash. Is he OK?’ I was in a cell phone lot with my children, absolutely frozen.’: Woman tragically loses pilot husband in Indiana plane crash, ‘I am honored to be the wife he chose’

“It was just another flight plan headed to Chicago, where my parents reside. I’d been anxiously awaiting to pick up my husband from this flight. We had finally set aside a weekend kid-free. Our hotel was booked, and it was just US! I parked in the cell phone lot at the airport awaiting his text to ‘pull around’ while the kiddos sat in the backseat. I received a call, but I didn’t answer. As soon as it went to voicemail, I got a text. ‘Andrew isn’t answering his phone.’”

‘They’re calling rain today.’ My husband starts his motorcycle. ‘I love you. I’ll be fine!’ He walks out for the last time.’: Woman’s husband ‘paralyzed from the armpit down,’ learns to appreciate ‘the beautiful moments’ 

“At 6:45 a.m., I text, ‘You safe?’ No response. I hit snooze. I wake at 7:10 a.m. to a voicemail from Derek’s phone. I hit play. My heart goes to my throat. ‘Mrs. Lavender, this is David from hospital. We need you here as soon as possible.’ When I get there, they pass me a black motorcycle helmet. The glass is smashed. I watch a tooth bounce to the floor. Shock hits.”

For our best love stories, subscribe to our free email newsletter: