More and more is coming out about the accident, as the police report became available and Kaela spoke with one of the people who stopped to help. Would you believe the first people on the scene to help Kaela were an off-duty police officer and his mother? Angels on earth in the right place at the right time, and brave enough to stop. Kaela spoke with the mother who was able to clarify a lot of things. Kaela must have been in such shock. It was good for her to hear that they got the babies and Charlotte out first, then some men got Joe out, and then the EMS and fire rescue arrived although she said they waited a long time for that. Kaela is getting good help for her PTSD but I think it will be a long healing process.
These are the moments we are cherishing..... David with the babies, Ellie and Amelia. Behind this photo is a lot of spit up, laundry, feedings, changings, and two-almost-three year old Charlotte adding a lot to the mix too.
On our trip to Utah I started listening to Barbara Kingsolver's latest novel, Demon Copperhead. It is set in the mountains of southern Appalachia during the opioid crisis - themes of dysfunctional foster care, poverty, neglect, cruelty, addiction and everything that goes with it. Desperation, and hope. Based on Dickens' David Copperfield. The larger societal systems that just keep people in poor rural areas down. Difficult themes and I highly recommend it but with a very big "content/language warning" for my gentle quilter friends. Demon is an unforgettable character, rarely has a character felt more real, and you are just desperately rooting for him the whole time. And it's sort of a tortured love letter to Appalachia where my Mom and all her people were from.