October 10, 2013.
It’s coming quickly.
More quickly than we want.
We would like to fast forward past it.
Better yet, skipping it completely seems like a splendid idea.
But no matter how badly we want to avoid it, it’s coming like gangbusters and will continue to do so until time is no more.
With everyday of every calendar.
With every new moon of every month.
With every change of every season, it comes around again and again.
For most folks, October 10th is just another fall day.
The sun will rise.
The day will run it’s course.
And a new day will take its place.
This year it is on a Thursday.
A prelude to a three day weekend.
The boys have various things planned or hoped for.
We need to get in another load of firewood.
Life goes on.
This October 10th means two years.
Two long years.
Two short years.
Two heartbreaking years.
Two years of pain.
Two years of happiness.
Two years of joy.
Two years we could not have ever imagined.
Two years of new life and living.
Two years of new experiences.
Two years of new relationships.
Two years of new challenges.
Two years of new adventures.
Two years of struggle.
Two years of triumph.
Two years of wondrous healing.
Two years of still desperately needing to be healed.
Two years seems like an achingly long time with more to come.
Two years is an eternity.
Two years have passed in an incredible blur.
Two years gone and it seems like the past was a dream life barely remembered.
Such a paradox.
Such is life.
Two years ago this coming Thursday, October 10, 2011, one life ended and another began.
What do you do with an anniversary like this?
What do you do with a yearly reminder of the most hurtful, pain-filled day in your life and the life of your children?
Two years and an ocean-full of tears.
Two years and a heavy heart.
This Thursday we remember.
Not that we ever forget.
But this Thursday we remember.
We remember, honor, and give thanks.
We give thanks for the lives we lived and those we lost.
We give thanks for the new lives we live and the new love we’ve found.
And we endeavor.
We endeavor to live life fully.
We endeavor to embrace every day.
We endeavor to face the future while never forgetting the past.
Les Ferguson, Jr.