Sunday, September 20, 2009


David McCord

"Darren bent over to give Grandpa a kiss goodbye. His shoulder must have brushed the rod holding up the casket lid, for the heavy, mahogany lid came down hard and fast, catching Darren on the back of the head. His face was smashed into Grandpa's and several people rushed to his aid.
When they got the lid back up and Darren's head out, it was a mess of blood. Darren was bleeding from his nose, lip, and scalp. Grandpa's carefully made-up face was splattered. If the lid hadn't been stain lined, Darren would have joined grandpa in the afterlife.

It was a terrible thing, and I covered my face so no one could see me smile."