Andrew attended West Texas A&M University. He majored in Dance and Accounting. Two very different degrees.  He planned to complete them both in four and a half years.He made excellent grades in both departments.

Andrew should be graduating with his accounting degree this month.

No.  That’s not right.

If he had lived, Andrew would be graduating this month with his accounting degree.

No.  That’s not right either.

Before he died, Andrew was on track to finish his accounting degree this month.  He planned to then complete his dance degree over the next two semesters.  He might have changed his mind, or taken a year off, or gotten injured and not finished on that schedule.  But that was the plan. His plan.  Our plan with him.

Yes, that is the right way to say it.

But that’s not what happened.







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