Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Till we meet again

One of my closest friends lost her son late Saturday June 6th. Grant was only 18 years old when he was killed in a car accident. I got the call around 5am on Sunday the 7th. This is every mothers worst nightmare.

Our family has been blessed to consider these people family for many years. We have been able to watch Grant grow into a fine young man. This was not your average teenager. As his Uncle said "Grant's hobby was collecting friends". This kid was no respector of age, status, religious affiliation or any other social status. He always had a huge smile and huge hug for you. You always knew when Grant was in the room. There was no pretense there. If he loved you, you knew it. And he loved many. This pure joy and sincere quality was infectious. Of late, he was focused on going on a mission for our church. He had worked hard and saved all the money he needed for it. He was even counting down to the day he could turn his papers in. He is now on another mission.


While we don't understand why he was needed there and not here, we are comforted by the knowledge of where he is and that we'll see him again.


We'll miss you dude. Until we meet again.




13 comments:

Kate said...

Sounds like he was a valiant spirit . . . I know he will be missed and I pray for Father's peace to envelop all those that mourn his passing . . .

Melissa said...

Oh Tonya... I'm so sorry. It sounds like he was an amazing young man!

Nancy Face said...

This just breaks my heart. I am so deeply sorry. He will be greatly missed by many, I am sure.

b. said...

What a handsome young man, who apparently left a really big impact on this earth. I'm so sorry for your loss....what a gift for the heavens!

Cynthia said...

What a beautiful tribute to Grant! What joy the gospel bring's in knowing this is not the end...

Kimberly said...

My heart has been aching for you all. I remember Grant from when we lived down there. I played piano in primary a couple times and was specially struck but what an intelligent and insightful young boy he was. He was always ready with an intriguing answer to any question his teachers asked. I don't doubt that he's gone to teach others who will benefit from his loving nature and sweet spirit. I only wish those left behind weren't left to hurt so much, and miss him like crazy the way no one can help doing - no matter how strong their faith.

Yvonne said...

He sounds like such a wonderful young man. This truly is every mother's nightmare. I'm so sorry for your family and his family.

Leslie Podwys said...

What a great description of Grant. I think the Savior is like that too, no respecter of person, just loves everyone. We have a lot to live up too, Grant's example makes me want to be a better person.

Amber said...

How totally heart breaking. I cannot even imagine coping with the loss of a child. Prayers to them.

Rachel said...

Thanks for that beautiful tribute! It is all so true!

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