Saturday, September 12, 2009

For Ben

There are many occasions to commemorate, celebrate and validate this month. We've just finished with 9/11, my father and my son's birthday are coming up on the 24th, but for my dear friend Sally the 16th is the sad date that commemorates her beloved grandson Ben, who left this earth far to soon one year ago (on that date). He was an avid sportman and skateboarder and an admirable teenager with many friends. I remember the day I learned that Sally's lovely boy died and I couldn't help thinking then that there is something inherently wrong about a parent or grandparent burying a child.

To honor Ben, Sally is going to give $100 towards a skateboard for the person who wins her giveaway. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on her site and you will be entered into the drawing. This is such a generous thing for her to do to honor her sweet grandson, and I'm sure Ben is aware of the generosity. So, please go over to http://www.whispering-hope.blogspot.com/
at Whispering Hope and leave your name. Ben would be so pleased.

35 comments:

Daryl said...

I am off to visit Sally .. thank you for honoring her and her loss in this way

Elise said...

Oh WOW, this is a great post & you have the most gorgeous site here. I had to stop by to leave this comment for you – and to say hello of course ! Your posts are creative and original and you have interesting pictures. It's all perfect ! Thank you for sharing your site and best wishes....

Sandy Kessler said...

sweet rememberance we lost 2 in our county this week sadly

Maggie May said...

That was a lovely way to remember Ben and your post was moving.A real tragedy to lose a child of any age.

gaelikaa said...

To lose a child or grandchild is the worst tragedy. May God console the family and give peace to the departed soul.

Love Bears All Things said...

I think what she is doing is a wonderful thing but I would have no use for a skateboard which cost that amount of money. I didn't even know there were ones that expensive.
Mama Bear

Finding Pam said...

I hope she feels all the prayers and love coming her way. Sandi, your post was a lovely tribute to Ben.

Lee said...

Beautiful post, Sandi! Sally has a lovely site and a good friend in you! She and I are both blessed to know you.

Hugs!
Lee

♥ Boomer ♥ said...

Sandi, I hope you are having a blessed weekend. I, too, have a birthday this month!
♥♥♥
Boomer Baby Bliss

Anna said...

Sandi, thanks so much for sharing your story. You said: 'I couldn't help thinking then that there is something inherently wrong about a parent or grandparent burying a child.' - there is just don't know what it is. Scary thought. Anna :)

Anya said...

So sweet from you to think on BEN
You are a wonderful person :))))
It was a really touching story !!

Sally said...

Thanks so much, Sandi!! (hugs)

SandyCarlson said...

My heart goes out to that woman as I hear my daughter sneeze herself awake down the hall. There are no words.

Akelamalu said...

Having lost two grandchildren within 3 weeks of each other in 1996 my thoughts are with Sally. This is a lovely post Sandi. x

Pondside said...
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Pondside said...

You're right - it's a terrible thing for a child to go before parents and grandparents. Perhaps some child who wouldn't normally afford a skateboard will benefit from Sally's generosity.

Jay said...

That's really very sweet of her. I'm not going to enter, because I really don't need a skateboard, but I love the gesture.

Kat said...

It gives me chills to think of such a loss! Sally is such a sweetheart. I'm going to post this too.

Hugs!
Kat

Hilary said...

That's a heartbreak that I just can't imagine. Nobody should ever bury a child. Lovely gesture.

Cheffie-Mom said...

So very sad. I'm on my way to meet Sally.

Thumbelina said...

I want to pass on my condolences and hugs to your friend. That is hard. I hope her generosity will help her through.

joan said...

I will have to go and see Sally. I can't believe it's been a year already. Hope you are doing well Sandi!

CatHerder said...

Happy early birthday to your dad and son..and so sorry about your friends loss.

Mockingbird Hill said...

Thanks for sharing this with all of us...a sad reminder to be sure and hug those close to you.

Cassie

RBK's Realm said...

Beautiful post as usual! Many happy returns to your father and son on the 24th - I almost share a birthday with them - mine is on the 25th.

God Bless young Ben's soul-what a beautiful family and gesture! I just checked Sally's blog and saw the pictures of the handsome young man- my heart goes out to the family. Ben is at peace.

Namaste!

The Things We Carried said...

Oh, I will go right over.

Lawstude said...

this is a great tribute. ill go check the link. tnx.

Suldog said...

That is very generous. Having no use for a skateboard, I won't go. But, I'll tell a couple of folks who might. Thanks!

Tara said...

Hi SAndi

So sad to loose someone so young! And so nice of your to commemorate in your blog! Hope all is well, I am returnng from a LONG blogging break!

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

They are in my prayers...m.

Tee aka The Diva's Thoughts said...

What a wonderful gesture.

Casdok said...

Lovely that Ben is being honored. So very sad.

Happy birthday to your son and father for the 24th - C is going to be 21 on that day!

Jeve (aka John and Steve) said...

Such a great way to honor someone's passing. By giving something back to someone sharing the same passion.

Susie Q said...

Bless Sally, bless you!

imbeingheldhostage said...

Oh bless-- that's every mother's nightmare isn't it. I will swing by to honor Ben.