Spent the last couple of days traveling 3 hours to Marshall Texas, leaving around 5am in order to get there by 8:30, then traveling back the same 3 hours in reverse to Bonham. Traveling companions, Preacher Man, KFo, pop tart bites and coffee. The silence was introspective and the conversation full of truth and new revaluation. Did we hurt, oh my yes! Were we happy to be doing this together, again, yes.
It’s been a long 22 months, waiting for closure, waiting to hear all the details of how your niece was killed by a man that didn’t start his day off to kill her. Life is nothing short of a series of choices that we make everyday! What choices will we make today?
It was painful to see the pictures! Oh good Lord! Then the diagrams followed by the experts and the constant disrespect, disregard and the phantom tire. We had a down day followed by an up day followed by oh my gosh, who is this witness.
He’s name is Moyies. (Moses) He was the man that pulled the first wreck out of the way. He’s trained in safety and other stuff, but the most remarkable thing was he was truly the Good Samaritan. The prosecution had been looking for him for 22 months and finally found him on Facebook. His testimony on the last day, was heartfelt, honest, truthful and sealed the case! The family will be forever grateful to this man named Moses, who lead us through the wilderness.
So, Mr. Woods got 35 years, 20 for Sylvia, 10 for Sheri, and 5 for Justin. And he never showed remorse. .08 alcohol, 2.5 THC, and .5 Meth. Choices we make everyday change outcomes.
Have I forgiven? That’s not my job. I just need to ask that God give me the desire to forgive, and I’m working on that, He will do the hard stuff. My take away from this is- we live in a broken world, where we are all broken in some aspect. People like Sylvia are formed through the family that raise them and the kids they grow up with. Think about it, why are you the way you are? Did that dude in 5th grade make an impact on you? Or your Grandmother?Those times and choices are what make us. All I’m saying is start making good choices, life changing choices!
My friends, the end of the trial has come and justice was served! Does it help? Some. Is there peace? It’s starting. Will life go on? Yes, until it doesn’t. Am I glad for who has come into my life because of Sylvia and the accident? Hell yes I am! We are sojourner in this thing called life. We are the chosen few that were changed by Sylvia and her choices to be bigger than life, happier than a clam and just full of love, I beg you to make the life giving choices that come your way. Be a Sylvia or Moses or Trooper Hargett or Henderson. Be a Justin or Sheri or Jerry Beeson, or Kortney. Make the choices that will define your “Now What?”