There is something deeply unromantic about the New York Times‘ Vows section, probably due to the fact that they read like melodramatic resumes of the monied and privileged. But this recent announcement featuring Erika Halweil and Corey De Rosa takes the cake, because it involves DEATH.
Normally, the Vows section involves gag inducing references to batting lashes across Princeton eating club dining rooms or agonizing decisions over leaving a college girlfriend because he caught a glance at his new intended in his neighborhood Thai-French fusion joint. He heard her order the Lemongrass Foie Gras, and knew that the woman with whom he was sharing his coq-au-Sriracha wasn’t the one. Alas.
Or, the overwrought, emotional path to finding each other could go something like this:
On Aug. 17, 2008, Ms. Halweil was driving on Montauk Highway when a 5-year-old girl rode a red toy wagon down a steep driveway and shot out onto the road in front of Ms. Halweil’s car. When she recounts the accident (the child died and Ms. Halweil was not charged) you can really see her calm, philosophical and open demeanor. In an almost plaintive voice, she said: “It was clear sky, clear road. I saw a flash of red coming toward my car.” She swerved but still hit the wagon. “I got out of the car and this really beautiful little girl with pale skin and blue eyes was laying in the road. Her eyes were glazed over. I knew the spirit had left her body.”
Here are the things about this that are deeply horrifying:
1. Using vehicular manslaughter as a foil to highlight Halweil’s “calm, philosophical and open demeanor.”
Luckily, this little snafu led to Halweil getting really into yoga, and to spend a lot of intense time with her now-husband (although a few pesky break ups/divorces had to happen first). Good thing that girl died!