making it work

I just visited with a dear friend that lost her 40-year old son last month.  A Korean man that had been her son since he was 3.

I was baking some bread and felt like I needed to take some over and have a little visit.  She invited me in and thanked me for the bread, and then we sat and talked for an hour.  There were tears as she related how up and down her emotions still are, but how glad she is for her high school biology students which have shown her unending love and compassion during the month.  Cards, photos, gifts. 

And then she showed me the Willow figurine she was given by a couple of fellow-teachers, showing a mother hugging her young son.

"Oh, look how much the boy looks like B!  Same skin coloring and hair color," I said.
"I painted it," she responded.  "It just wasn't right that he had blond hair."

And that is why I love her. 

14 comments

Kristina P. | May 22, 2011 at 7:29 PM

A smile during a heartbreaking time.

Heidi | May 22, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Oooohhhhhhhhh!

The Way I See It | May 22, 2011 at 9:42 PM

I loved her makeover of her figurine as well. My heart is touched by the ways in which everyone deals with their grief and challenges. We feel strength from each other and I'm sure your visit meant so much to her.

Bria | May 22, 2011 at 10:01 PM

That seriously just made my day!

Lara | May 22, 2011 at 10:10 PM

And that was me, not Bria! :)

Donna | May 23, 2011 at 7:02 AM

thank you........

Momza | May 23, 2011 at 8:01 AM

we gather courage when friends gather around...thanks for sharing.

katie the greatie | May 23, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Oh, you dear, good friend. Sensitive to promptings and prompt to say what needs to be said.

Becca | May 23, 2011 at 11:12 AM

And that was me, not Katie. (sheesh. Why do I have to share a computer?)

Joanie | May 23, 2011 at 3:18 PM

What a good friend you are.

Connie | May 23, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Thanks for sharing this story.

Terresa | May 23, 2011 at 10:02 PM

A beautiful post, a beautiful moment. You are a friend.

Gideon Burton | May 23, 2011 at 10:34 PM

It was so good of you to visit with her. We are all praying for the family.

Lesa | May 24, 2011 at 8:14 PM

I love your new blog design!