December 18, Midmorning
I glanced at my watch
and realized that as we were flying home, Frank was
getting ready to confirm to the media that Kelly was
dead. Lou Ann, Kelly’s sister, Traci, and other
family members had joined Frank for this last and
very painful news conference. That morning, Frank
told the world that a ring found on the body engraved
with Kelly’s initials, along with other items,
had convinced the family it was him.
I was glad the kids and I were not there.
Looking out the window,
I remembered that every time Kelly and I flew, he
made the same comment when we hit twenty-nine thousand
feet: “Can you believe this is the height of
Mount Everest?” I just shook my head and laughed,
saying, “No wonder they need oxygen.”
At that moment, I painfully
realized that I would never again sit with my husband
and hold his hand on a plane and talk about the great
time we were about to have on our next adventure.
My trips, my dreams, my life with Kelly James were
The kids and I were
thousands of feet in the air, and Frank was below,
in front of the world, reading the most painful statement
of his life.
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