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Live Like We're Dying

August 4, 2010
By VandalSpirit DIAMOND, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
VandalSpirit DIAMOND, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
51 articles 9 photos 185 comments

Favorite Quote:
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of Gods great love, we are not consumed. His compassion never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

He picked up the phone, oblivious to what was to come. His 15th birthday had been his best so far. What could possibly change that?
"Hello," he spoke into the telephone with a hint of joy in his voice, "How can I help you?"

"We're sorry to inform you that your brother was in a motorcycle accident and..."


28 years later

Todd hit talk on his cell-phone after hearing the ringtone he set for his wife's calls.

"Hey sweety, what's up?"

"Um, I got in a car crash, and I need you to come pick me up at the hospital. I'm fine, but it was really close. If I had made it a few feet farther I don't think I'd be here."

"Got it. I'm coming." He ended the call and speed-walked out to his car. He got in the seat and just stayed slumped there for a few seconds as a blast of memories came back, memories of a call about his older brother, about a drunk driver and the motorcycle that had been sitting in their garage that very same day. Memories of a funeral, and then, everything he remembered about his brother. That almost happened again today. Sandra could have been killed. And just like with his brother there would be nothing he could do about it.
If you knew you only had a day left to live, what would you do with it?

The author's comments:
I told this story from my dad's point of view.

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This article has 3 comments.

on Oct. 22 2011 at 2:13 pm
IamtheshyStargirl PLATINUM, Lothlorien, Utah
44 articles 16 photos 2206 comments

Favorite Quote:
Boredom instigates extreme creativity.

"Bowing gratefully to all of my subjects, 'thank you. Thank you. The pleasure is mine." Nah, I'm just kidding. We're all kings together.'"

Interesting, though I think it could have been longer and clearer, there was a sense of it not quite being finished. 

on Mar. 11 2011 at 3:12 pm
Basketball23 SILVER, Pine Grove, Pennsylvania
8 articles 13 photos 487 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I'm living in a shell with no soul" -Three Days Grace (World So Cold)
"Time still turns the pages of the book it's burned" -Avenged Sevenfold (So Far Away)

I love this but I feel so horrible that his happened :(

on Aug. 5 2010 at 11:31 pm
ForeverFaith PLATINUM, Dansville, New York
20 articles 6 photos 9 comments

Favorite Quote:
"so this is how liberty dies, with a thunderous applause" -unknown

feel his pain my friend just died in a car accident a few motnhs ago