Loretta got up from bed earlier than she used to. She went to her son’s room, opened the windows and pulled back the curtains allowing the sun’s light free entry. Nothing had changed.

Seth had gone swimming with some friends. He dived in displaying his stunts to the applause of his friends. Minutes passed, he didn’t show forth. He was rescued and taken to the hospital. He gave up on the way.

“I’m glad you’re doing this. You’ve just taken a walk to the healing stream,” Kendrick said.
“Yes,” she nodded. “He told me so.”

Tears streamed down her face.


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1 year ago

What an intriguing story, Thompson. I’ve read it several times and also studied the picture. It has a wonderful rhythm and flow and seems to offer some hope to the grieving mother, even though I don’t know who Kendrick is, or quite understand the healing stream. A story worth reading and pondering.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

It is very painful for a mother to lose a child. You’ve made us feel the emotion very well, Thompson. Hopefully, Loretta will continue what she is doing to heal the wound and continue walking into the healing stream. Good job, Thompson.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
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1 year ago

You’re welcome, Thompson.

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
1 year ago

Thomson, this is such a touching story. You described the feeling of the mother’s breaking heart and despair so well.

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago

I can’t imagine what it’s like to lose a child, the pain must be immense. Taking that first step takes a huge amount of courage. Your words demonstrate that well. Good job.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 year ago

My daughter lost her teenage son, my grandson, Thompson, so your story really resonates with me. Just enough was said, nothing more was necessary to feel the mother’s pain. I loved the words ‘healing stream’. Really well done.

Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
1 year ago

Every parent’s worst nightmare! Very sympathetically written, Thompson. I could feel her pain. Well done!

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