A Memory Keepsake

November 13, 2015 at 6:10 pm (Creative Non- Fiction, Memoir, Middle age, positive thinking, Single Parent) (, , )

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I am thankful for so much.

I still have my mom,a good job I enjoy and the love and support of family and friends after the loss of both my husband and son. I raised my son Levi as a single parent after my husband died from complications of diabetes. Single parenthood presented many challenges my son and I endured many hardships and difficulties,but we survived them all.

One year for christmas, I bought Levi a camouflage blanket to put on his bed. He had aspirations to join the military like his grandpa who he looked up to. So, like all young teenagers whose bedroom goes through many transformations, I was glad when he settled on a military theme. He had painted the walls a sickly green color, but made the best of it by putting netting on the ceiling, bought camouflage bedding and framed pictures of tanks.

Levi moved out of the house at age 19 to help care for his grandma when his grandpa passed away. A year later,he died in a tragic car accident. I turned his old bedroom into my dressing room. I enjoy getting dressed in the morning and putting on my pj’s at night. Of course, re-painted his bedroom a beige color, and bought a Victorian quilt to go on the day bed. Not too long ago, I found Levi’s camouflage blanket in his old dresser. I had a melancholy feeling holding the blanket again. I decided to keep the blanket and cover a pillow to go in my car if I should break down somewhere. The blanket could help keep me warm while waiting to be rescued. I am glad I did not get rid of the blanket because my son enjoyed using it on his bed as a teen, and now it has been repurposed to be kept in my car.

“Life can change in a moment,live everyday like you mean it and don’t look back with any regrets” I wanted to leave you with these words I found on a piece of paper in Levi’s desk drawer. A great outlook on life.



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