I was naive. I thought the wars were far away and would never touch me. I would live happily in my bubble where all is butterflies, rainbows and ice cream cones with sprinkles. Then on Christmas day I received the news that a good friend had been plucked from this earth only too soon.

My heart stopped, and those rainbows and butterflies quickly faded. In their place the reality set in and thoughts of his family’s suffering flooded in their place. His wife, his children, his mother & his sister, all whom are dear to me, their pain took the place of  colorful sprinkles.

Today My heart goes out to David’s family.

RIP SSG David H. Gutierrez 8/16/74 to 12/25/09

As well as every family who has ever had their rainbows & butterflies quickly disappear.