LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hold fast for our girls, Grand Haven

Mar 29, 2012


I am new to the community and not out and about a lot, but did wonder what direction might take. So, may I share this true story for our girls and our community?

At the age of 17, former first lady Laura Bush accidentally killed her dear friend Mike in a two-car collision in her hometown of Midland, Texas. The accident occurred in the country at an intersection in the evening. She missed stopping at the stop sign going 55 mph. Ms. Bush later recounts her inexperience as a driver and being distracted talking with her girlfriend.

Ms. Bush hit a car driven by Mike. She was not told this until the next day. She writes in her autobiography of her community, "So many people could be utterly devastated and could wish that this terrible thing never happened, and they were and they did, but they still found it in their hearts to be supportive of me."

I admire this lady. No one said it was going to be easy and sometimes it isn't. The pain and guilt she says "she will live with for the rest of her life." However, Ms. Bush went forward with dignity and determination despite this terrible tragedy.

She further pens: "At some point most people in these situations come to make a mental peace with the fact that it was an accident. And that cannot be changed.

here is no great clock to unwind. No choice that can somehow miraculously be made again." What Ms. Bush painfully learned resulted in profound changes in her life as it progressed. Her life also ultimately presented opportunities for her many humanitarian opportunities for our people, our country and worldwide.

We would wish for our community to hold fast in support of our girls as well.

— Donna Ewers, Grand Haven Township


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