Monday, January 24, 2011
On This Day
This is one of my favorite pictures of my Sister. This is her with her son Jonathan...The smiles are the same, the happy look is the same. You can see the love just by looking at this picture. Today marks 7yrs since Jono's death. He was killed in an automobile accident on a cold, snowy, icy day very similar to our weather today. How she made it through those dark days is a mark of her faith, her belief that there is a reason for everything and her gratitude to God for letting her have him for 18yrs. It's changed her forever, and all of us who loved him have been changed too. I'm more appreciative of my own children. More sure of life after death. More grateful to a loving Heavenly Father who does not leave us alone, especially in our grief. He will never be forgotten by any of us, or his friends or the people he touched in his life. The many that came to his funeral to tell his mother how Jono came and did many kind acts of service that he never told anyone about. The many teenagers that called him friend. More than 1000 people came to his calling hours. It was overwhelming, but not surprising. He was a corker who could make you laugh with his sense of humor. Not unlike my sister. Today I called her to say I was thinking of her and Jono. We talked about that for a bit then went on to talk as sisters do about our lives. By the end of the conversation she had me laughing so hard I was crying and we could hardly speak without cracking up! That is just typical of her to have me cheered up, when I was trying to do that for her. The saying that "life goes on" is true..it does go on with all the happiness and sadness and moments that change your outlook forever, but it doesn't end here. Someday we'll all be together again. Hopefully laughing with tears of joy, hugging with loving arms around each other, and an eternity to spend together.