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Remembering Daniel Robert

Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Archive March 2007: Remembering Daniel Robert
By Hol on Sunday, March 18, 2007 - 11:47 pm:

We lost our Danny ten years ago today. He was a wonderful young man, at the threshold of his life. He already had insights and sensitivity to others that some people don't have that live a lot longer. He was a wonderful son,brother and husband, and I am proud to be his Mom. He was liked and respected by his collegues, and loved by his friends. He had comapssion for all, and was a big time animal lover. He always championed the "under dog". I would not have wanted to NOT know Daniel, even with all the pain of losing him.

I have a neighbour who walks every morning. He is an older man, and very quiet, but very kind and a man of faith. He was walking past the house one morning about two weeks after Dannny passed. He stopped to tell me how sorry he was for Bob and me. I said, "Tom, I think the thing that bothers me most is that I will never see him reach his full potential". Tom looked up at the sky and then looked at me, and said, "Ah..but Holly, he HAS reached his full potential". I thought that was such a lovely thing to say. I still tear up when I remember it.

Bob and I both woke up this morning around three o'clock. That was the time we got "the call". I am just very grateful to the Lord that I am not where I was ten years ago. I never thought I'd feel normal again. There was a picture on the front page of the Providence newspaper Thursday evening of the Mom of the boy killed on the skateboard. She was at a memorial service at his school (which seemed awfully soon, to me). She had that awful look of anguish and disbelief on her face. Just looking at her picture brought back all the pain.

Freinds of ours had us over to dinner today because they didn't want us to be alone. These same friends never left our side ten years ago. They planned the funeral reception and had it at their house, because it is bigger than ours, and there were so many people.

I know that he is okay. He is with God. You don't get any more okay than that. I just miss him so much and when I meet up with one of his classmates, I wonder what he would look like today. He would be almost 31.

Thanks for letting me remember him with all of you.

By Kate on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 12:04 am:

:( Thinking of you.....

By Brandy on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 12:04 am:

I'm sorry for your loss = (

By Colette on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 06:48 am:

((Hol))

By Vicki on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 06:48 am:

Thoughts, prayers and hugs for you. I am so sorry for your loss.

By Mom2three1968 on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 07:44 am:

Hol,

Thinking of you, he sounded like a wonderful young man. I can't imagine what you had to go through to get where you are today. I will be thinking of you all day today. ((((Hugs))))

By Marg on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 07:48 am:

((Hol)) Thinking of you on this day.

By Dawnk777 on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 08:19 am:

{{{HOL}}}

By Kernkate on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 08:30 am:

{{{Hol}}} so sorry. Thoughts and Prayers to you.
Our Josh is gone for 3 years now. I don't know if it gets easier.

By Bobbie~moderatr on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 09:11 am:

((((HOL)))) and ((((Kathy))))

By Jjb on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 09:35 am:

I'm so sorry for your loss (Hol and Kathy). You're in my thoughts and prayers.

By Yjja123 on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 10:11 am:

When I Am Gone
When I am gone, release me, let me go.
I have so many things to see and do.
You must not tie yourself to me with tears.
Be happy that we had so many years.
I gave you my love.
You can only guess how much you gave me in happiness.
But now it's time I traveled on alone.
So grieve a while for me if grieve you must,
then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It's only for a while that we must part.
So bless the memories within your heart.
I won't be far away, and life goes on.
So if you need me, call and I will come.
Though you can't see or touch me,
I'll be near and if you listen with your heart,
you'll hear all of my love around you soft and clear.
And then when you must come this way alone,
I'll greet you with a smile and say,
"Welcome Home."
Author Unknown

You are in my thoughts and prayers Hol!!

By Kym on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 10:33 am:

A favorite quote of mine

"For My children
I will give you two things
The deepest roots
And the strongest wings".

Hol, you gave your son deep roots and God has given him his wings.

Thinking of you during this time!

By Debbie on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 12:03 pm:

{{{hugs}}} to you and your family. I will be thinking of you.

By Wandilu on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 12:30 pm:

God bless you :) :) :)

By Kateg on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 02:17 pm:

{{{Hol}}}

By Sandysmom on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 03:47 pm:

((((hugs)))) Sweetie

By Cat on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 03:52 pm:

{{{{{Hol}}}}}

By Karen~admin on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 04:39 pm:

{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{Hol}}}}}}}}}}}}}

By Bellajoe on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 07:06 pm:

(((HOL))) I'm so sorry. He sounds like he was a great man.

By Justanaunt on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 07:13 pm:

{{{{{Hol}}}}}

By Colette on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 10:25 pm:

I don't know what to say other than you are in my thoughts and I am posting this because I feel it's probably what's in your heart.

I ONLY WANTED YOU

They say memories are golden
well maybe that is true
I never wanted memories,
I only wanted you.

A million times I needed you,
a million times I cried.
If love alone could have saved you
you never would have died.

In life I loved you dearly,
In death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place
no one could ever fill.

If tears could build a stairway
and heartache make a lane,
I'd walk the path to heaven
and bring you back again.

Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one,
the chain will link again.

By Cocoabutter on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 10:45 pm:

Hol, you have been in my prayers.

By Hol on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 10:52 pm:

Thank you ALL, so much!! And thank you for the BEAUTIFUL poems, Yvonne, Kym and Collette. The words are SO true.

I think that Bob and I DID give him deep roots, but he was just a genuinely GOOD and DECENT young man, with a big heart full of love. He was also a very honorable man, in that he was serving on active duty in the military when he died. He graduated from high school and left the next day. He believed in serving his country, and wanted to be just like his Dad.

You all are SO wonderful. I thank you for caring, and taking the time to remember him with me. I love you all. Huge group (((((HUG)))))!!

By Hol on Monday, March 19, 2007 - 10:55 pm:

(((HUGS))) to you, too, Kathy.It doesn't ever get easier. You just learn to cope. Maybe Josh and Dan are hanging out together! :)

I have printed the poems and put them in my Bible.

By Annie2 on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 12:42 am:

Hol, I read your post earlier but I had no words to say. I wanted to give you words of wisdom like you have given me these past few months, but I don't have any for what you have endured.

My prayers are with you and Daniel. :)

I hope someday I can be as strong as you.

By Nicki on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 01:19 am:

Hol, Danny was really special. Thank you so much for sharing with us, and allowing us to know him a little better. You must miss him terribly.
Big, big hug for you.
Love you, too.
Nicki

By Hol on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 - 10:26 pm:

Annie, you are tremendously strong, and have proved it these past months. We ALL have different crosses to bear. None of us get out of here alive! LOL!

Thank you, Nicki. I DO miss him EVERYDAY, but I also believe that I WILL see him again. As an Air Force chaplain (female) said to me the day of the funeral..."you brought him into this world. He will be there to help you into the next one". I thought that that was a very kind thing to say.


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