Monday, January 7, 2008

The Greatest Pain......


In the life of a parent or grandparent, the greatest pain they can suffer is the loss of a child or grandchild. It never seems right that a child should leave this world before the parent or the grandparent. Their young lives just beginning.
Today would mark our Warren's 15th birthday. He was taken from us April 8, 2004 by a teenage driver that should not have been behind the wheel of a vehicle. We discovered through all of this that the value of a human life in the state of Louisiana is a couple of small fines and a slap on the back of the hand for the driver.
I debated rather to do this blog on Warren's birthday or as a memorial in April. I decided it would be more fitting to celebrate his life than to again mourn his death. Time has eased the pain for all of us that knew and loved Warren, but the loss of such a wonderful child will be felt long into the future. All that knew Warren will agree that just having him in our lives even for the short time that he walked among us was a blessing that God bestowed on each of us.
As one memory of Warren I recall the time that we visited the family when they lived in Ponca City, OK. We had taken Warren bowling for a few hours. Grandpa had a little surprise in store for Warren and his Mother. He had it hidden in his pocket. After sending the ball down the lane he turned around to give Warren and Angela a big toothy grin. He had picked up a set of "Billy Bob" hillbilly teeth on the trip there and had popped them in his mouth before smiling. I am sure that Angela wanted to just disappear at that time. Warren however was a totally different story. I remember his laughter and the light in his eyes. His eyes said it all .......... They spoke volumes of the love that he had for this Grandpa of his that would do anything to make him happy and bring him joy and laughter.
I want to leave you with a link to Warren's Memorial Web Site that I built for him in 2004. Please join us in celebrating Warren's Birthday today by hugging your children and grandchildren and telling them how very much they mean to you.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY WARREN!

7 comments:

Janice said...

I've searched for the right words, and cannot find any. My heart aches for your loss. As you said...no parent or grandparent should ever have to lose a child in their lives. I'm so sorry you did. You are doing a good thing, by remembering Warren in this way, with celebrations and memories of his life to be continued on. He will live in the hearts of all who loved and love him, forever. Bless you all......

PEA said...

I've just looked at his Memorial site and also listened to Warren's message...hearing his voice just brought tears streaming down my face. What a precious boy he was and I can't even imagine the grief and sense of loss you all felt and still feel. Happy Birthday Warren, I'm sure the angels have made him a huge birthday cake:-) xoxo

Lynne said...

I don't know what to say, so just sending great big HUGS to you and your family.

Peggy said...

What a wonderful blessing to have been a part of his life. If only for a short time you were able to love and make memories that you can cherish. Thoughts and prayers going up.

Karen said...

What a beautiful child. Heaven is brighter for his presence. I'm so very sorry for your loss.

jle said...

i'm just really sorry for your loss--i cannot even begin to imagine what felt/feel like...

Britt-Arnhild said...

Warren's smile is so special. Looks like he hides a sweet secret somewhere inside.

Blessings to you all......I don't know what more to say.

Thanks for sharing.