Friday, October 15, 2010
In seven years I have met so many.
My heart always hurts when I see a new face- hear a new name. I am happy they have found us, and yet so sad that they are part of "us".
Some of them I see again and again-
Others I see once a year- or once a lifetime.
But still we are connected.
All of us- united in one common bond.
The loss of a child.
And it is a bond. A bond of acceptance. A bond of understanding. A bond of kindness. It is a bond that spans ages, genders, towns. It can happen to you no matter your financial situation, your religion, your lifestyle. It can happen. It happens still. It happened to me.
And yet I am thankful. Thankful to be here for you and thankful you are here for me. We are a community. We are one. When you are weak, I will carry you. When I crumble, you pick me up. We are in this together.
Tonight we gather around the world to light a candle and remember those lives that left us too soon. Tonight we remember. Do you remember? Perhaps it was a heartbeat that was gone before you could see it- perhaps it was a baby you held in your arms as he flew away-
Tonight I remember. I remember them, and I remember you.
Who do you remember?
Write their name so the world will see.
We are everyone.
We are one.