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  • There are moments in a family that bring the members closer. So too are the events that cause us to reach, not for each other, but for something -- anything -- to help soothe the pain.

    One warm May evening in 1987, a motorcycle ride ended unexpectedly when a drunk 16-year old rolled through a stop sign and into a brother's path. The impact of the motorcycle hitting the car caused the rider to fly nearly 100 feet, and land on his head. A helmet might have helped, might have saved him. Some things you will never ever know.

    The phone call bearing the news was met with disbelief, followed by, of all things, cans of beer being handed around. "Sit down, drink this, I need to think."

    He was not supposed to make it through the night, but for 8 months what was left of his shattered brain and body continued on.

    And for those 8 endless months, they continued to reach for cans of beer instead of each other. Embracing numbness instead of facing, together, the thing they could not wish away.

    Years and miles separate them now, but that craving for numbness binds them closer than they will ever realize.
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