January 3, 2007 12:00 AM
First off, I want to Thank everyone for the comments that you have left on Tuesdays blog about the Darrent Williams cartoon and all of your condolences for Darrent's family. It never ceases to amaze me how wonderful Broncos fans are. I appreciate knowing that the image connected with some of you. I feel we have a great group of people who log on to this blog and your postings are a testament to that.
All of this for me has reopened some personal feelings of grief associated with my own losses in recent years. Having lost my wife to cancer in 2004 and my father just 8 months later leaves those scars very close to the surface. Even though I have since remarried a wonderful lady named Marcia, it doesn't take away the void that I feel for my late wife Debbie. I have learned grief is a life long process and the wounds heal but never really go away. This cartoon is very auto-biographical. Some things about life I just don't understand. I never will. So I think this cartoon might resonate that. I've learned that God is God and I am not. I leave it at that.
I didn't know Darrent Williams but I felt his smile. All of us who saw him only through TV felt its radiance. I'm hoping when the healing begins for our community we will be better for having had Darrent apart of it for the time that we did. I'm hoping we will rise above the senseless acts of violence that took his life in the such a tragic way. We've lost too many bright and shining young lives in similar ways. I hoping for it to end. It would be the ultimate tribute a community could pay to Darrent Williams.
I will be taking a few days off to regroup a little bit. I'll return here on Saturday with a lighter cartoon about bowl games and the NFL playoffs. Until then. Be kind to each other.