Breathing

Today, I represented a client with a pretty severe case of COPD. He struggled to muster enough air to respond to the court’s questions with a simple yes or no. If you didn’t know what was wrong, you would initially think he had a studdering problem.  As to protect him from embarrassment, I answered for him so he wouldn’t have to speak.

When it was his turn to address the court, it took him awhile to be able to have the breath to speak, but when he did, he delivered the two most heartbreaking sentences. “*gasp, gasp* I’ve been a drug *gasp* addict all my life. *gasp, gasp* I’m sorry.”

I’m so thankful I can breathe.