In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Forgive and Forget?.”
Sure it is easy to forgive and forget some things. But to ask me to forgive the murderer of my daughter and forget what he did, I can’t, I won’t. He killed her when she was helping someone. He ran her down and left her body on the side of the road for hours. She was twenty years old, and had a two-year old daughter. He killed a daughter, a sister, and a mother. He is without remorse and has never apologized. I made it my mission to get him to trial, which he avoided for almost five years. He was given a suspended sentence by a worthless judge in Baton Rouge, Louisiana who is known for letting killers walk free. I can’t forgive or forget her either.
Do I let this travesty ruin my life? No. I live my life in memory of her. I do everything that she can no longer do. I will not allow myself to be bitter. I will not allow myself to wallow in the sadness I feel that will never leave me. Do I think of him now that he is walking free without ever serving time for killing my child? Yes, sometimes, but it is best for me not to think about him as I become very agitated over the injustice. I get physically sick, I really do. My health has suffered. It is best not to think of him at all, but that does not mean I have forgotten. It is just the way I have to live, the murderer has left me with that. He left me with a hole in my heart that will be there until I die. If I think of him, like now while writing, I hope someday he will feel the kind of pain he inflicted on all of us who are still grieving her death.
So I think asking someone to forgive and forget could be applied to petty squabbles, or ex-spouses, mean people, friendships that disappoint, bad relationships, anything that you have moved on from. I cannot move on from her murder. I can allow myself to enjoy life, I can relish the beauty that surrounds me here in Colombia, I can feel happiness. But I can never forget her, I can never look at the gorgeous rose blossoming, the hummingbird drinking nectar, or the butterflies that float by without thinking she is missing this. Her life cut short through the senseless act of selfishness that one man perpetrated. He drove off and left her there dead, he shall never gain my forgiveness.
4 thoughts on “Asking the Impossible”
some experiences are so hard, both to live with and to forgive. I am sorry you have to survive this.
and although it is impossible for you right now, I do hope the time will come when you will be able to forgive, and do it for yourself.
I just can’t forgive him, I know there have been people and I know someone who forgave the murderer of their child. However, the murderer accepted responsibility for their actions and served time. The guy who killed my daughter has acted like he was not at fault even though he plead to a plea bargain. It would be like me saying it is ok you ruined so many lives. I am really fine and live a very peaceful life now. I did what was best for me by moving and finding a way to use my grief productively. I have a B n B now here in Colombia and spend my days with my animals and nature. Life is what we make of it, and I’m strong. I just hate that saying forgive and forget. This situation does not apply to this platitude .
That’s horrible, I’m so sorry that happened to you. I would have a very hard time forgiving and forgetting that!