They had two sons. Now only one.
Ms. Debi had suffered from an irregular heart beat her whole life. She took medicine to correct this and had never really had any problems. After the death of there oldest child this all changed.
She not only had to deal with her grief but with a heart that was litterally breaking. She was hospitalized with an extremely erratic heart beat (there were some other complications) and was in very serious condition.
We were all so worried about Ms. Debi. She is a wonderful Christian lady who has been a part of our lives for many years. Her best friend called me one evening a few weeks after the accident to let us know that Debi did not think she could go back to teaching. Her health issues along with her grief were making it unimaginable for her to go on as if nothing had happened.
Over the next few weeks our family, as well as many others, prayed for Debi and her husband. She did improve and was released from the hospital a few weeks later.
I kept sending her cards and emails to check in on her. Not wanting to intrude upon them but at the same time wanting them to know they were in our thoughts and prayers.
Ms. Debi is a wonderfully gifted teacher. The thought of her not teaching just broke my heart. Her enjoyment of the children she taught was evident and I so hoped she would change her mind once she felt better.
A few weeks after Christmas I received a note from her letting me know she was thinking of taking on just a few students. Would we be interested?
Samantha started back a few weeks ago. We ask Ms. Debi how she is feeling and give her lots of hugs. I'm never sure if I should bring up her son. I don't want to remind her of her great loss though as a mother I can imagine it is never to far from the surface.
Today she spent an entire hour with Samantha so she could help her with some difficult songs she was trying to master. Samantha loved the extra attention and I was so thankful to Debi for giving it to her.
As we were leaving Debi was asking me about our life and what was going on. I told her that this was our busy time of year what with the boys baseball schedules. We seemed to just run from game to game.
Then, I saw it.
The far away look, a memory being retrieved.
He boys had played baseball. She was also a crazy busy mom at one time.
I felt so awful for saying anything. Felt as if I had been so incensitive.
She looked at me and smiled. She had obviously noticed my face when I realized what I had said.
We hugged and she told me to hold on tight to my little ones.
Life can change in an instant.
A shudder ran through my body at the thought of losing one of my children.
I pray I will never have to endure the grief of losing a child. However, I am thankful to have a God in my life who will carry me through no matter what.
Just like he has done for Ms. Debi.
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