Letter: Support through the years
As ever, I want to thank this community for its enduring love and support. Twenty-one years ago on Feb. 25, I lost my wife and two boys when a boulder fell from the high walls of Glenwood Canyon and crushed the car I was driving, killing all three of them and leaving me untouched. I would not have survived those early days without your ever-present caring and thoughtfulness. You made all the difference then, and you have continued to do so down through the years.
When the rocks fell again in Glenwood Canyon on Monday, my heart went back to that day. The blessing is that no one was in the path of those rocks this time. For that I am thankful beyond words. And once again our town has surrounded me with kindness — on the street, on the phone, on Smuggler Mountain, everywhere. People have stopped me and my wife, Allison, to simply say they are thinking about us and about Kathy and Tanner and Shea. We received flowers from a local couple whom I barely know who lost their own child to sudden infant death syndrome a few years ago. And we received the following touching letter:
“Dear Art and Allison,
“I had to write to share this most recent example of our guardian angels standing watch in Glenwood Canyon.
“Obviously you already know of the massive rockslides in the canyon on Monday — and that no one was injured. What you may not know is how our Aspen hockey family was protected from being in harm’s way that day. Ana Kate’s 14UAA team was traveling back to Aspen from Washington, D.C. We were all on the same flight — scheduled to leave at 4:10 D.C. time. For no known reason, our flight was delayed for an hour — we sat on the plane, fully loaded and ready to go for an hour — not leaving until 5:10. We were irritated about the unexplained delay — bummed that it would be so late getting home. We realized later that had it not been for the delay, we would have been driving through the canyon when the rocks came down. I am certain that Kathy, Tanner and Shea were watching over us — helping “delay” the departure to keep us all safe. I said a prayer on Tuesday morning, thanking God for his protection — I also thanked him for Kathy, Tanner and Shea — for them standing watch over Glenwood Canyon — so that no one from Aspen (or anywhere else) would ever have to experience that loss again. As I prayed, I felt a distinct presence and acknowledgment of their role in watching over us. I can’t imagine how much you miss them each and every day, but I feel so blessed to have them watching over our Aspen hockey family and all travelers through Glenwood Canyon.
“Kate (Fuentes, chief financial officer, Aspen School District)”
So, thanks, Aspen, for carrying me in my darkest days and for staying with me down through the years. Thanks, Kathy, Shea and Tanner, for being all of our guardian angels. And as they say in the old country, God bless all here.
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