God works in mysterious ways.
Case in point via The Root.
Annie Caddell had been flying a Confederate battle flag outside her home for some seven years, standing at odds with her neighbors and community members who tried to get her to take down what is widely seen as a symbol of racism and hate.
Caddell, from Brownsville, S.C., roundly refused, once swearing that she’d die before she took down the flag flying outside her house.
And then, the Post and Courier reports, she had a heart attack, and with it a change of heart.
“I made up my mind that I don’t have to hurt anybody because of a decision I made without much thought,” Caddell said. “I never considered how offended they truly were. I didn’t care. Well, I finally had an eye-opening experience. It’s not about what I feel.”
Caddell said that her recent heart attack and subsequent triple bypass surgery caused her to start “reflecting on every choice that I’ve made.” She is now apologizing to anyone she’s offended.
Better late than never.
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