A Man Of His Word

October 13, 2014 at 1:04 am (Creative Non- Fiction, Middle age, Uncategorized, Writing) (, , , )

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I taught my son Levi to be a man of his word.

 

When my son was six years old he learned a valuable lesson. My son Levi was  invited  to go fishing with his grandpa. Levi’s friend also invited him to go to McDonald’s with him. Caught in a dilemma, Levi was going to go to lunch with his friend. I told him he would hurt his grandpa’s feelings if he chose to go with his friend instead.Grandpa and grandson had a good fishing trip that day. My son and his grandpa were best buddies. They had many more fishing trips, camping trips with grandma and grandpa going to the hot springs in Montana. I really appreciated the break when my son could go on a fun adventure with his two favorite people in his life. When Levi became a teen, he helped his grandma with his grandpa when he became terminally ill.

I became a single parent when my husband, Levi’s father died from complications from his diabetes.  I was given the tremendous responsibility to raise my young son alone. I became mother, father and sole provider for my family of two now. Single parenthood presented many challenges and difficulties. Levi and I survived them all- I raised Levi from childhood through his tweens. Levi was quite the artist. I have many of his drawings in my bible and hanging in my bedroom wall. When his grandpa died, Levi drew an awesome picture as a tribute to his best friend. We don’t realize our words are heard and all the hard work we poured into their lives, comes back in blessing to us as parents. The one comment I will always treasure from my son is ‘you were always there for me and you never gave up on me thank you mom. I love you.’ I treasure these words more than ever now. My son was lost in a tragic car accident in July 2007. he was only 20.

 

excerpt from “Healing in the storms”

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