Tami has lived without her son now for five years.
Five years ago, her son was killed in an auto accident. He was nineteen years old. He was in college, on the college golf team, and life was ripe for the picking. And then it was over. Just. Like. That.
Tami posted on her Facebook page yesterday : “5 years ago today my life was perfect~the next day my life changed forever~thank God for my family and friends”
Tami and I were friends back in the days of high school, in Terre Haute Indiana. We had chemistry together and discussed anything BUT chemistry during that late afternoon class. Back then, neither of us had any idea where our lives would end up.
I read the Facebook R.I.P. page for this young man today. It’s a place where his family and friends can go to speak to him, to let him know he’s on their mind. I felt his spirit there. I felt the strength of his family, especially his mother; whose life is changed forever.
I know that life can change in the blink of an eye. I know that life is all about learning to live with those changes and to make the most of all we have. What I don’t know is how she does it, or how any of us moms could/would do it. I did it as a daughter and granddaughter. But as a mom? I just can’t fathom.
So today, I honor Tami and all she has done to just keep going. For five years.