Mr and Mrs Boy (Daughter1 and her husband) went for a leisurely walk along the river one night this week, and as they did they came upon a sad scene unfolding.
The lifeless body of a young woman, about the same age as my daughter, was being dragged from the river by police. A man standing nearby told them that he has seen the woman slip into the river and just allow the current to take her, to end what she must have considered an intolerable life.
No attempt at resuscitation was made, and my daughter had to restrain her inclinations to intervene and try CPR, but the police were in charge and one can only assume better evaluators of the situation.
The man added that he felt that he should have attempted to save the woman by following her into the river, but he did not consider he was a strong swimmer. He now felt guilt which will no doubt follow him for the rest of his life. Another life changed forever.
I can’t help imaging the police walking up the front path and knocking on a door to deliver the sad news that a daughter, sister, wife, or mother had felt so much pain; was so without hope, that she chose the darkness of a murky river over any attempt to struggle through another day.
Take care, reach out, and just hold on one more day.