Thank you for sharing what indeed is a very tender time. I am reminded of the
day my son walked out on his family at 17 and a half wanting to be on his own.
He is the oldest of 5 and at 15 became very difficult to where we had counselors
trying to help him not be defiant. Being LDS, we had help from our Bishop and
even Stake President but with no success. He finished his senior year at the
same high school but lived with another family. When his younger brother and
sister who were 7 and 5 when he left were watching family videos about 6 months
after he left, I saw their reaction to him wanting to see him again and I
excused myself. I went across the street and cried to my Heavenly Father why
won't he come home. The sweetest feeling came over me with the message
"you had him them." I realized I needed to celebrate the time he was in
our life, which I know you will remember those sweet times and challenging times
with your Emily. We're so blessed to have the plan of salvation and
I cannot even begin to imagine the unspeakable grief this family must feel.
This story has helped me to be a bit more loving, patient, and kind to my own
children every day. I hope I am a better father. Please, God, bless all of us
to be a bit more kind; and please bless the Parker family with an added measure
of Thy Holy Spirit.
This hits a little too close to home. No, my son is not a victim of the Sandy
Hook shooting. However, this is my boys first year of school, and we have a
nother 17 month old boy, and a child in the oven. It can be very chaotic trying
to get him ready and catch the bus on time. However, I too have realized that
things are a lot better and fun, when we just let go allow life to happen. We
can soak it all in and laugh and learn from our inquisitive young ones.The thought of losing these morning escapades getting my son ready for school,
breaks my heart. God bless the Parker family, and all families of child victims
It's a beautiful thing to remember the lovely last moments with a child, as
time goes so quickly by. For the Parkers, this is a wonderful, thought-provoking
image of the stark reality of connecting the past of Emilie getting ready for
school with the present of Madeline and Samantha and their chaotic school
mornings. God bless you!