Gina was my best friend.
On April 10th, 2017, I removed the Guardian Angel clip from the visor of my old car before I junked it, and dropped it into my bag. It was a gift Gina gave me 20 years ago to keep my passengers and I safe while driving. The very next day, she and her beloved Black Lab died in a fatal car accident when she unintentionally drove off a cliff and landed on the edge of the San Miguel River in a nest of twigs, rocks, leaves and feathers.
She was more than a best friend. She was a sister, a mother, a compass, a North Star. I'm still trying to understand words like dead, death and gone in relationship to her. I used my camera for a year and tried to accommodate the nuisances of grief and long term denial in the face of sudden loss.