(My Stepdaughter Amber, and her son Seth.)
Many years later I became a parent myself, and through all the sweat, tears, blood, pain, and squeezing my husbands hand so that he would not feel left out in the agony, I gave birth to a 7 pound baby boy. At that very moment my view on everything was never the same. What had mattered in the past was truly passed, all in one babies cry. Nothing else mattered from then on. It was like a slate had been wiped clean, or I had amnesia to everything that existed before. My focus was on a little one in my arms, and nothing more. As time went by I came to understand the idea that was behind my father's words.
Now I have many grandchildren, and that is a whole world of it's own. In many ways to me it is like a little bit of Heaven right here on earth. I have 10 grand children ranging in age from 14 years to 8 months, and they are all amazing, but there is one that I do not get to see any more. His name is Seth, and today is his earthly birthday. You see he passed away when he was only 2 years old. It was the year 2000, and that time is etched in my heart and memory like a scar that can not be removed. Today, August 13th, Seth is 12 years old in Heaven.
In my heart I feel that birthdays in Heaven are probably not the way we experience them here. I envision every day to be a celebraion there. Loved ones being reunited, and those that are finally able to see God's face dancing and rejoicing. I imagine it is not something we can truly grasp in our minds at the point we are at here on earth, but I have faith that Seth knows these joyous treasures.
This post is not meant to be sorrowful, bitter, or melancholy. For me, it is truly a celebration of a life, just as a birthday truly is here on earth. It is a recognition and remembrance of a precious child that filled our lives with so much joy in such a short time. I know in my heart that everyday in Heaven is a beautiful jubilee for our precious Seth, and like my Dad once said, "everyday is kids day" in Heaven.
Happy Birthday Seth!
Heaven has been blessed with your wonderful smile for 10 years.
One day we will smile there with you. :-)