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Top of the Mountain


Hug them, squeeze them, love them . . . every day.

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Raffaelina Lowcock
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Bob, I am so sorry! I can't stop crying. I know what Father Harding meant,
My best friend lost her youngest daughter so I'm familiar with the misery you went through. It was 9 years before I could get her to drive with me on the road where the accident happened. There is nothing worse. Your sharing this means so much. It breaks my heart to think of what you two endured.


 Comment Written 27-Oct-2019



reply by the author on 27-Oct-2019
    Thank you and Bless you my dear friend. Bob
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Ms. Snyder
 
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Your son was born in February
the same year as me,
and that would have made him
52 this year.

I found the picture drew me into this story Mr. Mastery for a lot of reasons.
First I thought this might be a picture of you at a young age.

I quickly discovered that it wasn't and was your son.
That surprised me.
You don't look roughly 20 plus years older than me so I offer a compliment to the picture that you show on your profile.
Second, the photo reminds me of a boy I went to school with, his name was Stan. Who also had ironically been in a car accident but at a much older age. 17 I believe and he was not killed. But he had suffered a coma as a result of his injuries.

I found your story engaging, raw and something of yours I've read that was outstanding in its vulnerability and its emotional depth. The pain that you have shared with the Fan Story forum was something that took a lot of bravery to open up and offer.

I am very sorry that you met the top of the mountain.

It is not something I would wish for my worst enemy.

I don't understand why a family that really wants a child in this lifetime such as you and your wife loses a child, but there are so many children that are raised by the neglectful and abusive parents.

There is no rhyme or reason about that to me, I get really angry about it. And if ever I was to meet your consoling priest, I would want to ask if he had any idea of WHY? I just get so frustrated when I hear these types of stories that someone like you and your wife would have had this happen and I am very sorry for the loss of your only child. I hope that you and your wife Pat continue to love and console one another.

I give you nothing but praise for offering up this story and keeping it up on Mother's Day. Cheers, Fonda


 Comment Written 12-May-2019



reply by the author on 13-May-2019
    What a splendid and understanding review this is, Mrs.Snyder. Thank you so much. Bob
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TheStoryMan
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I am so sorry for your loss. The priest was right about there being no greater pain than losing a child. Such a sad memory Congratulations on your contest win.


 Comment Written 12-May-2019



reply by the author on 12-May-2019
    Thanks, Ron. I appreciate your time and understanding. I posted this over ten `years ago, but figured many Fanstorians had not seen it yet. It is actually a reminder that life is indeed short, my friend. :) Bob

reply by TheStoryMan on 16-May-2019
    It sure is short. We need to appreciate every moment we get with our loved ones.

reply by the author on 16-May-2019
    Yes. :) Bob
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I had a tear in my eye as I finished your story. I can see how it is a contest winner. You, with exquisite style expressed the anguish of losing a child. You know I am a fan of your work. I am looking forward to future offerings from you. Peace and Blessings.


 Comment Written 12-May-2019



reply by the author on 12-May-2019
    Thank you so much, MsPetra. I sincerely appreciate your review. I am a bit confused about your remarking "You know I am a fan of your work." I do not recall your ever reviewing any of my writing and ai have been here since 2004. ??

    Bless you. Bob

reply by MsPetra on 12-May-2019
    I have been on here since 2010. I have reviewed your work many a times. You have also reviewed mine. I really appreciate your work. All the best! Petra

reply by the author on 12-May-2019
    Hmmm. Strange, I do not recall. Have you been away for a while? Thank you, my friend. Bob
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C. Gale Burnett
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Bob, this was a tragedy of the worst kind, and I was truly crying as I read your story. There IS no greater loss, and I will not even pretend to know what it is like. I have one daughter who has been through many terrible hardships, and I know how deeply my heart pains for her. To lose her? Don't know that I could survive it, but I would have to.

Several things struck me hard as I was reading this excellently penned story:

1) the hardships and struggles you had growing up were nothing compared to the loss of your son; and nothing would ever come close to comparing;
2) I can honestly understand the broken relationship of you and your wife shortly after. A horrible tragedy like this leaves each parent sorting through the sudden loss, leaving little, if any, left over strength to help support the other;
3) you mentioned you witnessed during the funeral how this tragedy had mourners asking 'why' and how faith for some had been destroyed.
4) Guilt and regret; I can feel it and hear it from you without it being directly stated. I believe that is one of the hardest things to deal with by those of us left behind. My heart goes out to you, my friend.
5) Within the last few paragraphs, I picked up on something I have experienced before; certainly, however, not the degree you have. Over a short period of time, sympathies and condolences fade out, and life goes on for everyone else (including laughter and joy), but your world has stopped, and you feel alone in your loss, wondering how you are going to function day to day.

If only God would allow us a small glimpse into heaven, so we can see for ourselves, what we know in our heart, that our loved one is happy, cared for and acknowledges they knew all along the deepest kind of love we had for them on earth. Bob, I'm convinced he knows.

I know Feb. 21 is extremely difficult, as well as the month of December. Your faith is an inspiration, and I better understand where your deep compassion for others and your strength come from. This kind of grief never ends. Much love to you, dear friend.

Catherine




Sympathies and condolences fade out, and life goes on for everyone around you, yet yours has stopped


 Comment Written 12-May-2019



reply by the author on 12-May-2019
    Hi, Catherine. This has got to be the most touching of all and any reviews i have ever received in my entire 15 years on Fanstory. :) Bob

reply by C. Gale Burnett on 12-May-2019
    You are loved, Bob. I am so sensitive to the pain of others, so it was important to me to adequately express, the best way I could, how deeply sorrow I feel for this life-changing loss.
    God bless you and your beautiful wife. Remember, we love you, and we're your family, too :)
    Catherine

reply by the author on 12-May-2019
    Iknow, Catherine. I know. :) Bob
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LaFrance
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Bob, sorry for your loss and thank you for sharing your heartbreaking of your son. Your son was a handsome young man and gave you and your wife a lot of happiness. Being disabled I went to a school for the disabled. I had friends who their disabilities shorten their lives and did not live pass grade school. What I recall of them today is their smiles and the joy they gave the little time they were here.


 Comment Written 12-May-2019



reply by the author on 12-May-2019
    Thank you for your understanding, my friend. It is much appreciated. Remember to hold on to those you love and express that as often as possible because we never know if they will be here tomorrow. Life is strange. Bob
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Jesus H. Sweet Christ Bob.

I am sick. I have an only
child. A daughter. I truly
am not sure I could go on
without her.

My brother died in 2012.
He was 54.
My mother never left his room
for the nine tormented days it
took.

I watched my mother die inside.
I watched the monitors slowly
record the slowing of his
heartbeat.

No one should ever lose a child.
My deepest condolences and respect.

Doug


 Comment Written 12-May-2019



reply by the author on 12-May-2019
    Hello, my friend. I posted it again after ten years so that more Fanstorians could see it snd perhaps realize how truly short life is. Best to hold the ones you love and tell them how much you love them while you can. They may be gone tomorrow.

    God bless you and yours, Doug. :) Bob
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Thanks for sharing this truly heart-wrenching and tragic story, Bob. I had to stop and wipe the tears away. No parent should ever have to bury their child.

Take care,
Russell


 Comment Written 11-May-2019



reply by the author on 11-May-2019
    Thank you Russ. Life is truly strange and something like this makes you realize just how much, you know? Bless you. Bob
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Hi Bob, This really should have a 6 but I haven't got any left to give. I have tears rolling down my face though. I can't even imagine losing him. I too have just one son, I think I'd more than likely go mad. I'm so sorry that you have had to endure this hardship and so glad that you have found your way through to the other side.


 Comment Written 11-May-2019



reply by the author on 11-May-2019
    Hi, Suze. Thank yo so much for your understanding. There is another thing I learned when all of this came about. Of course in our case, my wife had no choice. But if we had, we would have had a few more children. Reason being, like some people remarked later on. Having just one child...don't put all of your eggs in one basket if possible. Bless you, my friend. Bob
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I'm so sorry for your loss, Bob. I can't imagine that there is nothing worse
than losing your only child. I have one daughter you see, I'm her mother and friend and are very close. And yes, Father Harding was right, if you survive this, you can overcome everything. It changes your life and attitude forever. Thanks for sharing this Bob and take care. Fia


 Comment Written 10-May-2019



reply by the author on 10-May-2019
    Thank you so much, dear friend, Fia. I first posted this ten years ago and knew that perhaps manay Fanstorians had not read it yet.

    It is wonderful that you and your daughter are so close Bless you both. XBob
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