Tuesday, April 16, 2013
A Mother's Loss: Chasing Rainbows
"Let your children be as so many flowers, borrowed from God. If the flowers die or wither, thank God for a summer loan of them"
- Samuel Rutherford
Last weekend, I discovered a mother's blog called Chasing Rainbows. The blog is about Kate Leong and her son, Gavin, who was a special needs child. I fell in love with her story because of the positive attitude she brings even though life can be a box of lemons. She is one who can make lemonade and lots of it!
Unfortunately, Gavin's life was cut short last night on his mother's birthday. Although it hurts to lose a son, especially on your birthday, Kate was still able to see some positivity in it. On the day Gavin died, she wrote this on her blog:
"Today has truly been the worst day of our lives. But it's also been an unexpected gift. Our beautiful first born son was set free. Now he can talk. He can run. He is healed. As we kissed him goodnight and wished him sweet dreams one last time..."
Earlier today, Gavin was remembered as a hero. Kate and her family decided to donate Gavin's organs to children who are in need. At last post, the hospital was able to find a child who is in need of his kidneys.
Plans are being made for Gavin's funeral. However, Kate and her family do have a request to honor her son. She asks to help someone who has a special needs child within the neighborhood with something simple like dinner or chores. Or to donate to a school who has a special needs program since many are low funded. It could also be something as simple as donating used clothes to charity or helping someone take the groceries out of the car. The act of kindness in memory of Gavin Leong will go a long way for others in need.
As a mother of 2 boys, I can empathize with Kate's loss. To understand what her and her family has gone through is a lot to bear. My thoughts and prayers are with the Leong Family tonight as I hug my little one tighter and say I love you to each of my family members.