August 16, 2008

Mike Cody...

A little boy I never knew...and it affected me...A LOT.



Mike was the nephew of a friend of ours...he was 11...actually his 12th birthday would have been this past Friday. UGH.



Mike was at a Yankees game with his Uncle (our friend), his mom and a cousin...and on the way home from the game they were involved in a terrible accident. Mike's injuries were such that he was in a coma for a week, and despite all efforts, there was nothing more that could be done, and Mike passed away.



I didn't know this boy...never met him in my life, but as a Mom, I put myself in his mother's shoes, and I wept...and wept. How awful, to lose something so wonderful, and beautiful that has brought you so much joy, because of the error of someone else...



We went to the wake - *gulp* - now this is not the first time I've been to a wake for someone this young, unfortunately, though I was still a teenager the last time, and now the kids that were at the wake seem so young.



We saw John (his uncle) and paid our respects, and then I met his parents...wow...what amazing people...I don't know that I could be that 'put together' if it were my child. I was in awe of them...really.



Then to visit Mike...again, a boy I never met, and never would, but he made such an impression on me. NEVER take life for granted, because you just never know what the next minute will bring...NEVER hesitate to take a chance, or do something you've been thinking of doing, but just keep putting it off...DON'T FORGET to tell those that you love that you love them... LOVE life, be GRATEFUL for what gifts you are given on a daily basis...



*sigh* - Mike...may he rest in peace...



This was the card I made for his Uncle:






This card was made using a few simple techniques. The poem was printed on Cardstock Vellum on my inkjet printer...the beauty of this, is that the ink stays wet enough that if you immediately sprinkle some embossing powder over it, it sticks! I heat embossed the poem with clear EP. The image in the background was done by reverse masking the oval...the images are from Pink Cat Studio's 'Dress Up Billy' set, I used the baseball accessories, as that was Mike's favorite sport...

8 comments:

Teresa said...

What a beautiful card! I hope the family and your friend find comfort in His love. Love the idea of embossing from the printer - had never thought of that.

Paulette said...

This card is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Sad story and reminds us to hug and love our precious ones.
Beautiful card -- with the embossing idea too.

mcbetty

Barb said...

Such a horrible and sad thing for anyone to go through!!! Just reading your post brought tears to my eyes again!!!

This is a beautiful card - love how you embossed the words and have the background image.

Pam Wilson said...

I can remember when my step-son, Matt, died. He was twenty and had a whole life ahead of him - at least we thought so.

You are so right in the fact that we should every day, tell those that we love how important they are to us. Give them a hug, because our arms feel so empty when we no longer can.

Your card is lovely and I hope that John finds comfort in the words.

Sue said...

This is so sad.. Your post makes me want to cry also..

Renee V. said...

I still think about this and get choked up. Very sad and tragic.
Your card is very beautiful
Hugs,

Lauren (mytime) said...

Oh good grief. Im BALLING!!! I know how I feel at the "possibility" but to have it actually happen...........ugh. GTHose poor people. I think you go into "shock" and just move through the motions. so incredibly sad

YOU CARD WAS JUST SO TOUCHING TRACEY