by Jacqui Flint
Each year becomes a struggle for something new to say. I want to say something really heartfelt and full of emotion, but after six years, I am at a loss for words. It seems all my emotions regarding my sister have been stated in the myriad of previous posts. The anger, frustration, guilt, and sadness have yet to cease, but maybe they are not as evident as they were in 2002. I have become inured to the fact that Danice is really not coming back.
There are still little thoughts that maybe she is still alive, but the reality usually takes over before I can even catch a glimpse of her image in my mind. As I have said before, she is still stuck at 19. The same image everyone else sees when they look at this site, is the image I see more often than any other.
It is usually about this time of year, January 9th, when I start to look back and realize that I have been selfish in my own life. Since I went through a rough 2007, I didn't take the time to think that things can always get worse. Well, maybe I thought it a few times, but it didn't help me stop pitying myself.
That is human nature.
Sometimes I fear that this anniversary will become much like Valentine's Day or Christmas. We will only stop to think about Danice on a specific day of the year, when we should be thinking of her all the time. We should learn a lesson from the positive light she brought to situations. We should celebrate her life ad her children rather than thinking about how sad we are she is gone. Most importantly, we should be happy that the person whom we think took Danice away from us is not free to celebrate anything this year. Although he is not in jail for the biggest crime he committed, it is abundantly clear that he is a criminal and the the truth will be brought to light eventually. It may not be here, in the sixth year, but eventually.
For all the blame and bitter feelings I sometimes express about this case, I do have faith that there is still work being done. The person we think (know) took my little sister has been put in jail for awhile. Albeit, he is not in jail for what we suspect he did to Danice, at least he is paying for something.