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July 18, 1966 - February 25, 2009  

Four years. Four years. Has it really been four years? It seems like only yesterday and yet so long ago; time distinctions have blurred. Our children laugh and play and grow more every day. They are doing well - I know you would like that. Four years old they are. They understand more now, and know you are in heaven, an angel watching over them ever loving them. They know your face and hear your voice, and hear tales of their mother; you are not forgotten.
Time may blur certain aspects of life, but the holes in our hearts and our lives are ever present. That is a distinction which is crystal clear. They say time marches on, and life goes on. Perhaps. But even with laughter and new hope grief ever lurks, oft times in the guise of guilt for smiling and experiencing a moment of joy while you are not here to experience it too. I eternally mourn for the future that was cruelly taken from you, and us. You were a light in the darkness, and these things should not happen. And yet they did - four years ago today.
With broken hearts,
Your beloved husband, Robert, and beautiful children, Robert and Isabella  

Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 25, 2013