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Have you hugged your monkeys today?

There used to be a bumper sticker that read, “Have you hugged your children today?” Kind of silly when you think, well, of course I have! But maybe the day has gotten away from you, you’ve been at work, meetings, running them back and forth to their practices, and low and behold, it’s time for them to go to bed, and have you really, I mean REALLY hugged them?

Today is the day for the Anthony Strauss funeral. I will not be attending for a number of reasons. One being, I’m sick. Nothing like a sinus head ache to go with the ugly cry. I send that family my prayers of support.

The post I wrote last week Heartbreak and Parenting. There is not one without the other. has been my MOST visited post ever. Obviously it hits a nerve with so many of us.

I’m often stuck betwixt the sublime sentimental, and the irreverent ridiculousness. But today is really a day for sentiment.

There is nothing worse in life than a child’s funeral. It goes against life’s order.

My friend’s son’s funeral a few years ago had a beautiful video presentation of his life. There wasn’t a dry eye in that auditorium. I’ll never forget the opening song to that video, from The Dixie Chicks, Godspeed, a lullaby to a little boy. It really says it all:

Dragon tales and the “water is wide”
Pirate’s sail and lost boys fly
Fish bite moonbeams every night
And I love you

Godspeed, little man
Sweet dreams, little man
Oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings
Godspeed
Sweet dreams

The rocket racer’s all tuckered out
Superman’s in pajamas on the couch
Goodnight moon, will find the mouse
And I love you

Godspeed, little man
Sweet dreams, little man
Oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings
Godspeed
Sweet dreams

God bless mommy and match box cars
God bless dad and thanks for the stars
God hears “Amen,” wherever we are
And I love you

Godspeed, little man
Sweet dreams, little man
Oh my love will fly to you each night on angels wings
Godspeed
Godspeed
Godspeed
Sweet dreams

Godspeed little Anthony. Bless and keep those who love and miss you.

Comments

  1. Jenn says:

    Oy.

  2. Jenn says:

    Oy.

  3. JustJen says:

    It is absolutely heartbreaking to hear about things like this. I always feel guilty when I hear about situations like this that I “use” to make me appreciate my kids and family more … but I suppose that it’s a good thing to try to take something horrible and see a positive purpose in it. Regardless, it just tears at my heart.

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