A Light in the Darkness

Lisa  Kerr

Surrey, Canada

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Inspired by Sarah Mclachlan – Arms of the Angels

created in memory of little Alexis
I decided to find a way to use her in some of my writing and my art. It was a way for me to keep the memory of her allive. And the only way to give her life in this world where she no longer has one.

Always curious, Alexis was a beautiful child. Though not my own, I watched over her for half her life, as her caregiver in a daycare, and as a friend after hours for her mother while she went to school some nights and weekends. I will never forget the little girl with such a strong will and big heart. I loved her like she was my own.

I remember one of the things she would always say after her mother left her off in the mornings was “so proud my mommy.”
On the day she died, that morning she actually changed it a bit adding " IM so proud of my mommy "
And that evening, when her mom left to get things together for them in a separate room, so they could leave, Alexis started crying and became very frantic. It was almost as if she knew that something would happen once they left.

I know that it is not a healthy thing to hate, or to feel so much anger toward someone, but no matter how hard I try, I doubt I will ever be able to forgive the driver that hit them that night as they got off the bus. The car hit them both, because her mother was carrying her. Alexis was only 2 1/2. And her mother, being so young herself, was left hospitalized for a couple months, and unable to ever have children again…

Wether it was a fluke, or something else, I will never know, but at 11:47 pm when Alexis died, I woke to my radio clicking on playing a song by Sarah Mclachlan – Arms of the Angels, and I remember feeling so sad, but as of yet had not heard the news. It came on again the radio and that song at 5:25 am and I remember clicking it off quickly, not wanting to feel that sadness again. As usual I went to turn on the early morning news right then, but when I did what I saw that moment devistated me…the sight of the dented car, Lexy’s little shoe…all the blood on the road, broken glass…My friend Ana called me moments later begging me not to turn on the TV but by then it was already too late.
The song was playing again on the radio on all the stations no matter what station we turned to on our way 2 days later to the funeral home.

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