The Blink of an Eye
September 23, 2016 11:50am CST
How does life change in the blink of an eye? You go to bed one night as you have every other night for the last 13 years, a mother of a wonderful living, loving boy (and 4 other wonderful children, of course.) You get up after a rotten night's sleep, throwing on your clothes to run to the store as you do so often as a mother of five. In the blink of an eye.... your eleven year old yells your name to tell you something is wrong. You sigh expecting it to be just another one of those normal mom things. How could it be anything else? But it is. It's the most horrific thing. Your eleven year old has just found his older brother dead in bed and life no longer makes sense. The agony, the pain, the disbelief..... The shock. It all sets in. Life has ended. Yet... the pages of the calendar keep turning. And in the blink of an eye, nearly four years have passed since that horrific day. I still find myself thinking, "This can't be true," though obviously, I know that it is. I still occasionally find myself shaking my head, trying to erase those moments from my memory. Like simply shaking my head could do that. Erase the hell that is now my memory. In the blink of an eye, my son died with no warning.... And I have to keep living and moving and going for my other children. How can life change so quickly?
19 people like this
23 Sep 16
I am so sorry for your loss and the hurt you live with day after day. I can't not even begin to imagine what that day was like or how it feels to keep moving forward. Your other children need you so you have no choice but to keep going. It would be devastating for them too to have lost a brother or suddenly like that and for your son who found him. My heart breaks for all of you. Sometimes there just aren't any answers.
• Davao, Philippines
23 Sep 16
I am sorry for your loss. Yeah, we cannot expect things will happen as we plan. That is why, we need to be thankful for every mornings we make. I am very sad at the moment. I know this too shall pass. And as what you've said, life must keep moving on.
• United States
3 Oct 16
How awful. There is nothing to compare to the pain of losing a child, especially so unexpectedly. I lost a baby when she was 6 months old, I cannot imagine the pain of losing a child after so long a period of time. There is nothing I can say to make it any better. Just know I am praying for you and your family.
• United Kingdom
29 Sep 16
I can not even begin to imagine the pain you are going through. Every day waking up to that memory. You are a good mum and you know you have to stay strong for your other kids and help them come to terms with it. Your feelings are on the back boiler even though it does not make the pain any easier. Big hugs from me and I am sure from everyone else here.
• Atlanta, Georgia
23 Sep 16
I am so sorry, You seem so strong to me. When I read your writings you seems like the rock of your family. I am amazed by your strength, I know you are in a lot of pain and I am so sorry for that. I wish there were something I could say to ease it.
• United States
19 Nov 16
So sorry that you lost your precious boy. I think I have told you this before. I feel that I know Nolan through your writings. My heart aches for the pain that you went through and still are struggling with. I admire you for the strength that you have in living your life. Hugs to you Jill