On New Year’s Eve my 41 year old son was seriously burned in a fire. He shared a rented house with 3 other young men, having their own private room, but sharing the rest of the very large old home. My son was set to work on 1/1 so he went to bed early. He woke up in the hospital. He remembers nothing. He lost almost everything. His 2 cats survived, but the one we could not catch and she has run off. We have the other, a black male named Shadow with us. He had a couple baskets of clean clothing down stairs. He lost his eye glasses. He has 2nd and 3rd degree burns over his entire left arm, armpit, chest, back and shoulder. A skin graft was done on Tuesday. He was in the hospital for 9 days. We made arrangements for him to move in with us during his recovery time. After four days, he was readmitted to the hospital. Monday morning he will be having another skin graft, this time only on his left shoulder. I am dealing with my two cats and his cat setting their boundaries with each other. Not going well. This blog is about the blessings that have come, the small things that delight the soul and help us feel better about what we as a family are experiencing. My son works for a janitorial service at a local middle school. They people he works took a collection and brought him several packages of new under garments, socks, new bathrobe and sweats. They also started an account at a local bank that anyone can donate to. The teachers and facility at the school also took up a collection. The collected over $300.00 and brought it to him. His new glasses are now paid for and he is wearing them. My husband and I buy things on sale throughout the year that we use for Christmas and birthday gifts. Well my husband was upstairs looking for things we could use in the downstairs room for him; he found a brand new Chicago Cubs blanket still in its original package. Neither of us remembers when we purchased this. Was it last year or the year before? My husband asked me if we should keep it for his birthday in May or give it to him now. I said after all he has been through and all his Cubs items that were lost, he should have it now. It brought such a beautiful smile to my son’s face. Blessings even small ones bring a sense of God’s love. It warms my heart and helps in this time of stress. Many of you know that I make quilts. Three years ago I made a baseball theme quilt for my son, around the Chicago Cubs. He felt bad that the quilt was lost in the fire. I told him I have my son. I can and will make another quilt. I cannot make another son. God spared my son. That is the best blessing of all. We will continue to deal with all the problems that come from having our 41 year old son recover here at home with us. KraftyKatz :coffee:
And everything else pales into insignificance compared to the safety of our children. Anything else apart from the gospel is chaff in the wind compared to having our child rescued from danger.
This is one of those stories which is both sad and enriching. Sad this terrible thing happened to your son and by extension, you, his father, and all who love him. Enriching in revealing the powerful force of Love in all everyone is doing in reaching out to him, and his family, in his time of need.
My prayers have gone up to God for your son, you, and your family.
Thank you for posting this blog. I knew you son had been burned badly in a fire but did not know when or where.
I have been and will continue to pray for him and your family as well.
Even when they are grown our children are as precious to us as the day we learned of their conception.
Praising God that he will heal and that you and Charlie can be there for him during that time.