Wednesday, March 22, 2006


I am intrigued by the way the seasons influence an instant, I can be transported back to March 22, 2005, for no apparent reason. Or perhaps, right now, because it was a profoundly emotional time.

There were the highs of a love so bright, only an innocent could inspire it. And a loss, so wrenching, it leaves emotional paralysis, and a chasm filled with anxiousness, and sadness, and confusion.

I honor my nephew's short life. He teaches me about strength, love, and human relationships.

Charlie's mother, my sister, is brave. Fearlessly brave.

Charlie's sister is expected to join us, here on earth, in late July. I hope she stays longer than Charlie. But if she doesn't, she'll be with him. I can rest easy with that thought.

me & my angel

Charles Marshall

born 3 March 2005

died 23 March 2005


Elizabeth said...

What a perfect and poignant photo.

I can't imagine your sister's strength: facing the potential for such an awful loss a second time takes so much inner strength.

And how hard for you to be standing near, waiting to help in whatever way help is needed.

Amby said...

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful picture and memory with us. I will say a little prayer that all goes well with Charlie's sister and your entire family!

Rachel said...

The pain of losing a child is beyond my imagining. May Charlie's sister bring joy and comfort to you and your family.

Areli said...

Thank you for sharing, it is a beautiful picture.

Rain said...

What a beautiful picture.

While nothing will make the loss of Charlie easier to bear, I hope the arrival of his sister brings comfort to your sister and her family.

Wendy said...

I can feel the hope for a new life and know the loss of another. Charlie, such a beautiful boy, will be with you and his mom and dad forever. I hope his sister will be healthy and happy, too.

Kim said...

Thoughts and prayers for a long and happy life for Charlie's sister. Babies are a most precious gift; even if it is only given for a brief time.

Jeanne said...

Sometimes the only comfort one has is that in the midst of despair there is hope. My heart goes out to you and your family --

sgeddes said...

What a captivating photo. Thank you for sharing such elegantly expressed thoughts and memories with us.

Sarah said...

Oh wow. I can't imagine such a loss. Such a beautiful soul being taken so soon. Your tribute is beautiful. Hugs to you. -Sarah.

roxy ^-o-^ said...

Angel wings and fairy dust will always follow Charlie. Along with all the love that is encompassed in that perfect photo.

March is a tough month for me - I lost my mamaw, father-in-law and dad all within 3 weeks of each other in 2003 but I know that everyone is still with us and having a wonderful time at the right hand of God. May your family have all the peace and strength they need and then some to celebrate Charlie's short life year after year.


Anne aka roxy

ericah64 said...

I clicked over here when you left a comment on MY blog, then saw this post. What a beautiful picture! I hope you have it enlarged, framed, and displayed in a prominent place in your home. Losing a child is the most horrendous pain, and anniversary dates can be wrenching. Hang in there!