I remember the first time I had to leave Brandi & Mason to go work out of town. I wasn’t working that far away, I made trips home on the weekends. But those 5 days and nights away from them almost killed me. I knew I couldn’t go any longer than that without seeing Mason. 5 days away from him was painful. 300 days away from him is hell.
A lot has happened in the last 300 days. All kinds of national tragedies have our country in an uproar. Yet, we all still go on taking it day by day.
His little sister is a year older. She is growing up so fast, I wish he could be here with her.
Brandi is pregnant, so God willing, we’ll have another addition to the family this September. The first person who tells me that this baby is to “replace” Mason, I’m going to unload on them.
Just the other day, on a message board I was posting on, I was discussing just how angry I was/am with the death of Mason. It’s really unimaginable. I really can’t put it in to words.
That night, I got a reply to a message I had sent on facebook shortly after Mason had passed. On Mason’s memorial page from the funeral home, the following message was placed:
“My son and Mason were classmates this year. We just learned of the heartbreaking news. I had to pull my son out this week for homeschooling due to harassment from other children. Only Mason was different he says. When no other boy would sit with him at lunch or talk to him Mason was always there. Thank you Mason for being a wonderful friend to my son! God bless your family”
I was so proud of Mason for that. I am proud of Mason for that.
I located the person who sent made that comment on facebook and sent them a message thanking them for the kind words. It brought tears to my eyes and a huge smile on my face.
The other night, I got a response. She apologized for taking so long to respond, it seems facebook has an “other” inbox for messages. I wasn’t aware of it till she told me. Anyway, the message I had sent thanking her was placed in the “other” box and she had just found it. She told me of a conversation relayed to her from her son that Mason had had with him. She wanted to talk with me about it instead of just typing it up in an email or message. She asked me to call her when I was ready. She said it had to do with Heaven.
I gathered myself together and made the call. She was very emotional on the phone, as was I. Evidently, her son thought very highly of Mason and talked about him all the time. Mason had that effect on people. Now, I’m paraphrasing here. I don’t remember exactly everything we talked about, but here’s the gist of it. They were talking about death. Since Mason had a heart transplant, it was discussed that he would not live as long as everyone else. He, Mason, said that he knew. He was excited to go to Heaven and get his wings. He would become an Angel and he would look over his Momma and little sister, Isabella.
I thanked her for making contact with me. It was good to hear so many nice things about Mason. Needless to say, I was crying by the end of the conversation.
I, we, have had many conversations with people who think that Mason knew he was dying. Brandi and I don’t think he knew. As emotional of a child as Mason was, he would have been a basket case. He’d have been a nervous wreck. Maybe subliminally he knew. We’ll never know.
300 days is a long time. I hope he is up there looking down on us. I hope that he is not worried about anything. I hope he’ll be waiting on me at the Pearly Gates when I get there. We’ll have a lot to catch up on. Likely, we’ll have a lot more to discuss than 300 days………….