I was going home from work one night and I get an email. One I was not expecting. One that took the breath away from me. It was from one of the lifeguards at the water park that helped give my son CPR…that tried the best she could to save his precious life. She was able to tell me her story. Her struggles. Her pain. It brought up so many emotions and feelings and memories I once had for her. I realized that I had forgiven her, as hard as it was for me. I knew it wasn’t her fault.
She told me about a song that she helped her friend write, who too, suffered from loss. The loss of two miscarriages. She said, “you and your sweet son were on my mind a lot while I was writing this music.” It was very touching to me. We exchanged a couple of emails and she even purchased a set of The Adventures of Bug books.
It took a while for me to get them to her. I sent them out June 24th and let her know that I would be speaking the following day. I was happy I finally was able to get the books in the mail. At the end of my speech a woman came up to me and introduced herself. It was her. I grabbed her and pulled her in close and hugged her so tight and for what seemed like forever. I didn’t want to let her go. The speech was already so emotional that I was now speechless. I was hugging her for me. I was hugging her for Kaleb. I was hugging her to forgive her. I was hugging her to thank her.
It was so comforting to be in the place I am to be able to connect with her so closely and feel nothing but love for her. She said she only lived a short distance away and needed to come and see me. She said hearing my story truly helped her heal. That 16 year old child is now a mother herself with her own story and I am so grateful that the terror of that day no longer haunts her. I am also so happy that she was still able to find comfort in my words.
These are the moments in life to remember. To cherish. To hold dear. I thank her for her efforts. I thank her for her love. I thank her for her song. She is now even a bigger part of my story and it won’t be told without the moment that occurred today.