What was the one experience that completely changed your life? What happened? How did it change your life?

Sometimes writing prompts are helpful. Sometimes they are not. The experience of having a child released from hospital to your home, after a serious illness was one of the most defining moments of my life. Of all of our lives, of that I am sure.

Jay had begun his first day of high school just like any other kid who was transferring to a larger school. He had first year orientation to attend, wearing his new school uniform, hot off the stockroom from Donnally’s. He looked so much older, and I saw the maturity that had taken place over the summer when he wore that new school logo. He was ready for school! We did the typical first day of school thing we has always done, getting his picture taken on the front steps of the house, in his new uniform, all ready and beaming. I felt so proud of my guy, but was having tiny doubts about his ability to handle the course load he was walking into. All normal parent thoughts. By the end of that day, I would be told that it could very well be his last day on this earth. At that moment, I flashed back to the feeling of the front step, earlier at the start of what seemed hard to believe, was the same day. Suddenly, Honor classes and course loads were replaced by Last Rites of the sick and dying. This was anything but the typical first day of school.


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