Tiny Big Bubble

November 17, 2017 at 8:59 pm (Creative Non- Fiction, grief, Memoir, Middle age, positive thinking, Single Parent) (, , , )

 

 

This is one of my treasured pictures I have of my husband and son Levi. This was taken on Easter,when my son was three years old. My husband had asked me if we could put on the Karate gee we had jut bought him for Easter(my husband taught Karate). After Levi opened his gifts, he asked his daddy to blow him a tiny,big bubble. Jerry laughed and the picture made history in my family.

It seems so long ago that this photo was taken.  Jerry had complications with his diabetes and passed away six months later. Words cannot describe the lost feeling I felt as I realized  I was now mom, dad and sole provider to my family of two.  I had a thought one morning while drinking my morning coffee. I could become bitter and angry, about loosing my husband or I can be thankful and live a life reflecting it. I chose to live with a thankful heart.

What seemed like a comet zooming past you pace, Levi had grown into a fine young man. He never liked school,so instead of dropping out of high school, he earned his GED, and our neighbor hired him to help him lay carpeting. I was proud of the young man Levi was becoming. One day Levi told me his boss had an extra carpet in his garage. After buying it, Levi installed the carpet for me. One it was a treat to have new carpet, but the extra bonus is to have your son do the work.  Levi moved out at age 19, to help his grandma after his grandpa suddenly passed away. I turned his old bedroom into my dressing room. I love to get dressed in the morning and put on my pajamas at night.

My awesome son Levi died in 2007 in a tragic car accident. He was only 20. Again, I decided to live my life with a thankful heart. They say when life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Some folks pour tons of salt into the lemonade because they feel so broken. I can understand the anguish they feel. Others, pour in too much sugar,maybe to compensate for the feeling of loss. I had to realize that the deaths of both my husband and son did not mean the death of me as well.  Instead of becoming angry and bitter, I chose to trust God.  He has walked me through some of the darkest days of my life and brought back into His light.

I wish everyone the Happiest Thanksgiving. May you be surrounded by those near and dear to your heart. Hug your kids extra tight tonight,let them know how much you love them, how much they mean to you and tell them how proud you are of them. Tell them to reach for the stars, live their dreams, and that you will be there to help them see their full potential. No one is promised tomorrow, so make the best out of each new day you are given and take time to smell the flowers. I am so thankful to you my friends, family and readers who read my posts, leave a comment, and for your love and support.

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6 Comments

  1. Ann Coleman said,

    That is such a sweet picture, and I’m so sorry for your loss. It takes strength to carry on, I’m sure.

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    • healinginthestorms said,

      Thank you Ann. Yes, it has been hard, but time and the love and support of family and friends has helped me to heal and to keep moving forward. The picture is especially dear to my heart because Jerry did not feel well this morning. he had a seizure during the night, but made the historic tiny, big bubble for his son anyway.

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  2. Magda Garcia said,

    Hello my old friend, I love to read your posts so keep posting, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Please tell your mom my sister Maria said hello and sends her love, till your next post

    Love,
    Magda

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    • healinginthestorms said,

      Thank you my dear friend. You have a wonderful holiday as well. i love to write, so keep reading my stories. I would love to connect better with you.

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  3. Nancy Cota said,

    Julie you are an incredibly strong woman. You are an inspiration to me. When sorrow fills my heart I cry out to God and place my trust in Him too. I pray you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. May God continue to pour out His blessings on you. ⚘❤

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    • healinginthestorms said,

      Thank you Nancy. you are a strong woman also. I am proud of how far you have come. I am also happy for your new relationship. You have a wonderful thanksgiving as well. And thanks for being a friend all these years.

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