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Let’s not forget those that are close to our hearts

As many of us are about ready to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s it is time to reflect on 2012 and some of the major events that took place. Just a few days ago it was Sandy Hook, where a deranged 20-year-old decided to kill 27 people, 20 of them children six and seven years of age.

Although my child is a little older- 11 to be exact, he is still in an elementary school- 6th grade, and I can’t imagine this type of tragedy occurring at his school. I can’t imagine losing my very bright, thoughtful Jordan. Just a month ago, he lost his great-grandmother at the age of 94. He was heartbroken, and as a way to heal from that heartbreak, he wrote the following:

“Who loves to laugh, shop, swing and play rummy, and loves me very much? That’s my great-grandma. She was born on November 7, 1918. She is 94-years-old. Her name was Lorraine, and she was the apple of my eye! A truly wonderful person, we used to do a lot of fun things together. She was my east, and my west, my true compass.”

“I spent so much time at GG’s. She loved to tell stories about her childhood. She also talked a lot about her neighbor, Tony. I think she had a crush on him. I thought it was funny because she was 93. She also used to talk about how pretty the flowers in her yard were.”

“My great-grandmother an I used to laugh a lot, especially when we used to play rummy. She was as cunning as a fox. We would play rummy for hours. She was pretty good too.”

“GG was one of the best people I ever had the fortune to know. She had the heart of a lion. Everything she did, she did with love. She always used to tell me, ‘Jordie, I love you more than you will ever know.’ I used to hug her and smile. She was as bright as the sun.”

“We would sit on the swing and talk for hours about everything from school to when she was a child. I wish we could still sit there in the warm sunshine, smell the fresh air and feel the cool breeze. I will miss that.”

“I decided to write this memoir about her because she meant so much to me. I compare her to the most beautiful ray of sunshine or the brightest rainbow after a warm summer’s rain.”

“My great-grandma died on ___________. It was the saddest day of my life. I will never forget her. She will always have my heart.”

Oh the words that come out of the mouths of babes. He might be eleven, but he writes like an adult. His great-grandmother was a very special person, and someone none of us who knew her, will forget.

Although this holiday season is a time for celebration, it is also a time for reflection. We all have someone close to us we have lost in the last few years. As we open our gifts on Christmas or ring in the new year with a cocktail, let us salute those that are close to our hearts, that are physically no longer with us.