Tuesday, May 10, 2016
On this long awaited glorious spring day I wanted to share with all of you Ben's garden. In the spring of 2015 when Ben left this life for the life eternal, he left us all with a lot of empty spaces. One of the things we have done to honor his memory is to create a memorial garden; I know his mom has done the same. There is something very therapeutic about gardening. Whether you start from seeds or a young plant, watching life grow gives a sense of miracle and hope. Ben's garden has a place to sit and remember all the wonderful things he was and will always be to our family. Hillary and I started the garden together with Cameron's help and over the past year it has seen abundance, laid dormant through the winter and sprung to new life again this spring. There are some new additions 'a friend for Billy', memory plaques and a toadstool seat just the right size for Cam. We love the garden and enjoy sitting in the warmth of the sun tilling the soil and keeping it safe from the squirrels and chipmunks who do there best to chomp away at the hard work. Hillary planted some berry bushes today and with all the love she has put into it I am certain we will have quite a harvest come summer. To all the families and friends out there who have lost a loved one to this disease, you are not alone, we are part of a club that no one wants to join. Finding ways to remember and honor Ben has given us all a little bit of peace in an otherwise very sad existence without him here. The sadness remains but so does the seeds of love he planted in our hearts.