Gina was my best friend.
One Spring afternoon I removed the Guardian Angel clip from the visor of my old Honda before I junked it. It was an amulet Gina gave it to me over 20 years ago to keep me and my passengers safe while driving. The very next day, she and her beloved Black Lab died in a fatal car accident in Colorado, 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. I'm still trying to understand words like dead, death and gone in relationship to her. I used my camera for a year after the accident to try and accommodate the nuisances of grief and long term denial in the face of sudden loss.