Monday, October 13, 2008

Gone Too Soon

My good friend and sister in Christ, D, lost her son A on Saturday morning. He was such a special young man. He was 14 and leaves behind a 4 year old brother, H and all the rest of the family. I feel so blessed that we were able to spend one last evening with them about 2 weeks ago. A gave us a picture he drew and D had it framed. It is proudly sitting on my entertainment center where it will always stay. For those that get Christmas cards from me this year, they are cards that he drew the pictures for. He was a talented young man. D told me the night we were there for dinner that the football coach was making him the honorary captain of the football team for the homecoming game. That game was this past Friday. D's dad is a retired football coach, hall of fame type, in the IL. area. All of her brothers played high school and college ball. Her dad flew down to take him to the game. They wheeled him out onto the field for the coin toss. He always wanted to play football. The team presented him with the game ball from the previous weeks game that just happened to be their first game in their brand new stadium. It was signed by all the coaches and players. He had a great night. He told his mom how much fun he was having. When they got home, he told her he was tired and wanted to go to bed. She put him to bed and he again told her what a great night he had. He told her he loved so much and to please tell E, his stepdad, who was at work, how much he loved him. He then asked that his grandfather come in. He did and he told him how much he loved him and how much he appreciated him coming down to take him to the game. His grandfather woke up in the middle of the night with a leg cramp and went and checked on him. He was having trouble breathing, nothing unusual for him though, and was ok. He went back to bed. When D got up the next morning she found him. He had passed sometime after his grandfather checked on him. I think he knew and was just holding out for one of the best nights of his life.
He was also an honorary deputy thanks to my hubby. He got that to happen for him a year or so ago.
He was a special young man who touched many lives. Probably way more than his parents realize.
While our hearts are breaking, I know we, and I am sure his parents, are rejoicing that he is no longer in pain. He is now free from that wheelchair and can breath without fighting for every breath.
Thank you A for being such a blessing to us all.


Annie said...

Oh, I am so sorry for the loss. What a beautiful tribute to a very special young man........