Little memorials scatter the roadside in and around our community.
Tender tributes to accident victims, some horribly tragic.
My first encounter out here was a lone cross with the inscription Moondog.
Then there was the tragic dump truck accident on Hwy 44
near Six Flags where five family members were killed when
the driver of the truck didn't notice traffic had stopped.
In this accident a carload of teens were killed when
an oncoming vehicle crossed the center line.
They say the parents could only identify their children
by bits of tattoos that survived the fire when the vehicle burst into flames.
Some are motorcycle accidents,
some may have caused the accident, or not.
It seems there is controversy over allowing these markers
but for now they exist and serve as a reminder.
Not necessarily to slow down,
or don't drive drunk,
or don't text while driving
although we should keep that in mind.
It reminds me to say a quick prayer as I drive by
because regardless of what happened
the goal is to get souls to Heaven.
And how many silent prayers do they get from passersby?
How fortunate that these markers just might
remind us to send up an extra something for these victims
and their families.
My mother in law told me once that every time you hear
a siren, make sure to say a quick Hail Mary because
you never know how many others are saying one too
and we can use all the help we can get.