25 years ago today…..

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A great man was born 25 years ago today.
 
Brett came into my life when he was just over 2 years old.  He changed me in so many ways that I never thought possible.  Thank you Brett.
 
When Brett was little, he had a mischevious smile that you couldn’t help but respond to.  He was never one to complain and was always willing to lend a hand when he was asked.  Even as a teenager, he was always the responsible one.  Not that he didn’t have the odd little “slip up”!  Apparently, there were some parties.
 
Anything Brett did, he did in a big way.  He always strived to be the best at whatever he chose to do.  He was cut from the soccer team and ended up being one of their key players.  Marks in high school were a bit of a challenge but he had honours in university.  He didn’t plan on becoming a parent when he did and he was the best Dad I’ve ever met!
 
At the age of 23, God called him home October 10, 2010 after fighting cancer for two years. 
 
All through that time, he showed such bravery.  He never thought of anyone but his daughter.  I remember him taking her to the beach while he was wearing a morphine pump.  She never had any idea at that time that Daddy was so sick.  We miss him so much.
 
We could feel sorry for ourselves and some days we do.  For the most part, we feel blessed to have been chosen to be Brett’s parents and thank God for the lessons he taught us.  Before Brett died, he was such an example of unselfishness that he changed our family.  Brett left us a beautiful grand daughter and he brought us all closer to rally around her.  He was an example to us all.
 
Just after my mother died, I found a poem in her belongings called “A Child of Mine“.  I think it was Mom’s way of telling us we’ll be ok.
 
Sometimes we forget that we are all God’s children and he has a plan for us.  I don’t think we would make it without our faith.  I believe Brett is with his grandparents now and putting smiles on their faces while they all wait for us.
 
One of the greatest lessons from this is to remember that our time on earth is short and we need to make every day count. 
 
Make it a great day!
 
Barry
 
P.S.  What am I thankful for today?  I’m thankful Brett was part of my life story.  I’m thankful I have a beautiful grand daughter.  I’m thankful for every day that I’m blessed with.
 
What are you thankful for today?
 
 
 
 
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