Saturday, March 21, 2009
An Unexpected Gift
Today hubs and I (I guess I call him by his real name, since he is blogging now)...do over...
Today Chris and I were out and about in town when we decided to stop for a late lunch at his old workplace (he worked at Chick-fil-a for a few years before we got married). We were ordering when one of his former supervisors came up to say hi. She looked at Chris and asked, "You guys are supposed to have some kids running around by now, right?"
Without missing a beat, Chris replied, "We do, but they're all in Heaven now."
Her face went white and she stammered, "I am so sorry. I...I didn't mean to bring it up."
By now the tears in my eyes were blurring my vision, but I looked at her apologetic face and said, "You don't have to apologize. We love talking about our kids. Thank you for asking about them."
Chris was pulling out his wallet as I spoke and showed her a picture of Owen.
She held the picture as lovingly as she would have held our son.
"Oh, he's so tiny. Look at your thumb on his little face!"
I told her how much he weighed and how small he was when he was born.
I had to tell her again how thankful I was that she asked, because most people don't.
She remarked that her dad was probably in Heaven holding him right now because he passed away last year. We all looked at each other with tears in our eyes and she said, "We'll see them again soon. Hopefully."
Chris replied, "Yes, we will. Hopefully sooner rather than later."
I am quite sure that she still has no idea what an amazing gift she gave us today when she asked about our children...and then didn't turn away from us and our grief.