She Let Out the Most Mournful, Primal, Wail...
Last Friday, August 8th, a friend of mine, whom I met through frequenting her nail / hair salon, received devastating news. At 12:45 AM, a bus carrying dozens of people, who were traveling to a Catholic celebration in Carthage, Missouri, blew out a front tire and skidded off of a highway in north Texas. Twelve people died at the scene, and 5 died after being pulled from the wreckage.
I had an appointment for my friend to cut my hair, and I called the salon to say I would be 5 minutes late. One of the employees said that my friend went to Dallas to take care of her mother, who was in the hospital.
Once I arrived at the salon, another employee explained that my friend's mother was in a bus accident. At this time, I had not heard any of the news reports, but I checked the Internet when I returned home. News of the crash was easy to find.
Shortly after I read about the horrific tragedy, one of the employees called me to say that my friend's mother passed away. They asked me to call her.
Immediately, I called and said that I was so sorry she lost her mother. From this demure, sweet woman came the most primal, mournful wail. She screamed from the bottom of her soul.....raw pain that comes from unexpected and tremendous loss.
She spoke, but I could not make out what she was saying through her grief. I just whispered, "I know it hurts. I know it's a shock. This is a horrible tragedy, and I am so sorry this is happening to you." Finally, she calmed a bit and said we would talk later. I told her not to hesitate to call me at any time of the day or night should she need anything. I am here for her.
My friend's mother is survived by thirteen children, her husband, and many grandchildren. The bus company was operating illegally after the owner was banned from operating a bus company 2 months ago for safety violations. In addition, a retreaded tire was placed on a front wheel, which is also illegal. Senseless, regrettable, tragic, and irreversible.