On Friday I killed a groundhog. I was driving through Valley Forge Park on my way to a trail to take the kids for a walk. The weather was crisp and cool and the park was virtually empty. I wasn't speeding. I saw the groundhog in the road. It was briskly walking across the street right in my path. I swerved to go around the animal and ended up lining my tire right at the poor, blameless animal.
It was dead.
I started crying uncontrollably. I pulled off to the side of the road to compose myself.
Sophia: Mommy, why you crying?
Me: I'm OK, honey. It's OK.
Sophia: You cry Mommy.
Me: I'm fine.
I got on the phone and sobbed while I told Jon what I just did. It was a terrible feeling. I was so sad for what I had just done. It was an accident, but the animal didn't deserve it. I even dreamt about it that night.
I hope that never happens again.
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