In an incredible act of forgiveness, the Long Island woman whose face was shattered when a 20-pound turkey was thrown through her windshield came face-to-face yesterday with the prankster who did it — and hugged him tightly as they both broke down in sobs.
Minutes earlier, Ryan Cushing, 18, had pleaded guilty to the Nov. 13 nightmare stunt that left Victoria Ruvolo, 44, critically injured. His plea was part of a deal that the big-hearted Ruvolo engineered, sparing the teen a possible 25 years in prison and instead landing the boy only six months in a local jail.
As the lanky teen started to leave the court- room, he hesitantly stepped toward Ruvolo, who was sitting in the second row, and tearfully apologized.
"I'm so sorry for what I did to you," he whispered, weeping. "I'm so happy you're doing well."
His emotional mea culpa prompted Ruvolo to get to her feet and wrap her arms around him, softly assuring him, "It's OK. It's OK."
Many have assumed that Ms. Ruvolo's motivation is religious. But while we can estimate the size of her heart, we can't peer into it. Her impulse may have been entirely secular.
Has the concept that a civic act could possibly spring from a "religious motivation" become so déclassé or so politically incorrect that your readers need to be protected from drawing their own conclusions about it?
Well, whatever the Times thinks of it...God bless her. And pray that those of us hurt in far less dramatic and searing ways can hold onto the grace God offers us, and offer forgiveness in turn, as well.