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Topic: Learning for Life (08/23/04)
TITLE: Adam's Story
By Tammie Smith
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Adam was a energetic little boy with soft curls and blue eyes. He had the kind of smile that just made your heart melt. Anyone that met him would soon be wrapped around his tiny little fingers. He had a way of making people smile. I met Adam during my college years. This little man belonged to one of my dear friends, Bethany. She had him when she was very young, but loved him with all her might. I was in college with Adam's dad and there was a group of us that hung around together. It is funny how so many college kids would bend over backwards to help out with Adam.
I met Adam when he was just a few months old. His mommy and I became inseparable from that first day. We would go everywhere together and drag little Adam along with us. I didn't have any children of my own at the time, but I thought of him as being partly mine.
Jumping on the couch, eating my chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, and giving smooches were some of his favorite things. He was there when I taught his mom to drive. At Christmas, we shared a candy cane. I was never allowed to eat one by myself when Adam was present. He was a special little boy with a big heart.
Adam went to heaven when he was just fifteen months old. He died of a form of meningitis that kids are vaccinated for now. I don't know why he died so young, and I may never know. I do know that while he was on this earth, he taught me some valuable lessons. I never realized how much I learned from him till much later on in my life. Most of what I learned from him has made me a better parent, friend, and wife.
I learned to love unconditionally from this little angel. He loved me, even though I was not his “real” aunt. He didn't care what I looked like, or what he could get from me. He loved me no matter what. I also learned what true friendship was. Even though I don't speak to Bethany often anymore, she is always in my thoughts. We have had some rough moments, but because of Adam we will always have a special bond.
The most important lesson I learned from his short life is to live each day to the fullest. This child would play hard all day long. He loved to laugh, play, and just go all day long. He was such a happy little boy. Had I not known Adam, I might not cherish my own kids as much as I do. I know that having children is a special gift from God, and Adam taught me this. God gave us a special little boy to have and hold for a short time, and I will always cherish my time with him.