|My daughter April with her son Caleb|
I answered, "Well, I think Caleb and his little body just go together- his body is a special part of his mission."
Matthew replied, "I know, but don't you ever wish he could be normal?"
I could see that he was tearing up and responded, "I bet you'd love to run around and play with Caleb like your other brothers."
"No, it's not really that." Matthew explained.
Then I knew.
"Matthew," I said, "Do you want to know what is the hardest part about Caleb's special body is for me? I worry that someday I'll have to say goodbye. I worry he might die."
Matthew broke down.
"Me too." He continued, "I just don't understand why Heavenly Father would give you some years of such great happiness, but then you might have even more years of sadness.... I just can't ever picture how it would be without Caleb...."
We both cried. I explained how thankful we are that we've had Caleb longer than any doctors ever thought. We talked about how it is a miracle we've been granted the blessing to care for Caleb and feel his pure spirit every day. We understand no matter what the future holds, our family can be together forever. I am eternally thankful for that knowledge and testimony -
but it's still hard.
It's hard to have the quiet worry of goodbye in the corners of our hearts. It's hard to know our time together on Earth might not be as long as we wish...
|My grandson Mathew with his brother Caleb|
If you want to read more about Caleb - you can find his story at http://winkfromheaven.blogspot.com/