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TITLE: Love in lyrics
By Lesley-Anne Evans
11/07/07
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I found out about the death of a friend one morning while the kids were all in school, so I had most of the day to somewhat process what had happened. It was one of those situations where there was a blessing in the end, as our friends illlness had been long and difficult.

Yet, I was still faced with the hard task of telling the kids when they got home from school. The three of them had already experienced what I considered to be a inordinate amount of loss in their lives. Their grandma had died suddenly the year before, their childhood pet had died the year before that. And the divorces of Uncles on both sides of the family had resulted in Aunties being lost from their lives. Lifelong friends had moved away, and I didn’t want to add another burden to them. I was afraid.

But their prayers for Joe’s recovery had been answered with a resounding “no”, and I had to honour them by telling them what had happened that day. So, as we drove home and had our usual debrief from the day, I broke the news to them as gently as I could. We shared our sadness without tears. And then we were home and in the door to feed the dog, open mail, listen to answering machine messages, answer the phone, the door, make dinner and in minutes the weloming chaos took over my thoughts.

I was standing by the kitchen counter making them a snack when my son came up to me and quietly said, “here Mom, you have to listen to this”. “What Graeme,” I said. “Here,” he said, handing me the ear plug/bud to his ipod. So, I placed the plug/bud in my ear and listened. Our shoulders touched as we stood, one plug/bud in my ear and one in his.

Then the tears came. The words sank deeply into my heart and I recognized the depth of our bond... my son’s quiet and strong love for me, and his way of sharing a mutual grief was unique and beautiful. The song expressed our feelings and drew us together. He hugged me then, and said, “I just thought you needed to hear this.” Love in lyrics, my heart sang.
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