It only takes a few seconds to realize that the gift of life really is under-appreciated. I can still remember the exact moment in which I began to understand that life is the most valuable gift that I have ever been given. Never again since that moment have I forgotten how quickly that gift can be taken away. A few seconds earlier or later, a few inches left or right, or maybe just a little less luck could have changed what turned out to be a life-altering experience into a life-ending disaster.
It was November 12th, 1998, and it was an unseasonably cold, fall day in Racine. Nothing led me to believe it would be anything other than a normal day, except for the fact that it happened to be my friend?s birthday.
I was on my way to the store to finish up some last minute shopping in preparation for a small surprise party that we would be having later for my friend. I had to make one more stop, and then I would be heading home to get ready for cake and ice cream with my friends. By the looks
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