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Thursday, May 19, 2011

For the Boy Who Longed to Fly

On a mostly clear day about two weeks ago, a heart shaped "door" opened in the sky. It made me think of Jack, who at that point was coming closer to receiving his well earned angel wings. He loved the idea of flying and even went on a skydiving expedition not long ago. This beautiful, imaginative, intelligent and kind hearted boy had many, many dreams, not all of which were able to be achieved in nine full but all too short years here on earth.


One of his dreams was that someday there would be a "magic potion" to cure neuroblastoma. In honor of Jack Riley Williamson, please join me in making a donation to CURE Childhood Cancer so that one day his dream will indeed become a reality.

Thank you all for your prayers for Jack and his loving family. What a gift it has been to open my heart more in the past two years as I have gotten to know Jack and his family through CaringBridge. I am so grateful to my friend Deb at Four Angels Momma who introduced us. I intend to continue a long distance friendship with Jack's mom Jen, a remarkable human being who has chronicled her son's life with dignity, joy, compassion, humor, tears and tremendous courage on his Camp Jack, Caring Bridge blog. I am praying for strength for her for Stephanie, for Kate, Jack's little sister, for all of their beloveds at this difficult time and for all the years it may take for the grieving and healing process to unfold for each of them in the ways that it will.

gentle steps,
Laura


Skywatch Friday


33 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing the jewel of Jacks heart with us... blessing of comfort for the family and for you. xo teri

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  2. This post touched me to tears...
    Having lost a life in the past and now being so immensely happy, I know both ends of the scale...
    Thank you for reminding me of how precious life is...
    Beautiful heart shape clouds on the sky...so much symbolism is all around us if only look.
    Have a lovely weekend dear friend,
    xoxo

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  3. Jack sounds like a very remarkable young man. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the 'magic potion' could prevent this from happening to other young people, the sooner the better.

    The heart in the clouds is beautiful.

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  4. Wonderful shot of the heat in the clouds. Le's all hope that cures for cancer of all kinds are found soon, especially for ones that attack children like Jack.

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  5. this brought tears to my eyes - think it's one of the hardest things for parents to see their kids die and glad your eye is trained enough to see the clouds heart in the sky - many would've just missed it because our eyes are sometimes tied tight to the ground

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  6. Such a touching and beautiful post. The heart in the clouds is just so fitting :)

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  7. That's what I do too yesterday. Just taking photos of the tip of any plants. And it turned out really pretty just like yours. I like your sky it's so blue. Happy weekend!

    SWF

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  8. Lovely skies and a great reason to be looking up! Terrific captures for the day! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Laura!

    Sylvia

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  9. The sky heart is so beautiful, and perfect for this post. Thanks for sharing both!

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  10. Beautiful post Laura!
    Hugs
    Joo
    xxx

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  11. Thank you for sharing with us, I did not know about Jack. I will pray for the family

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  12. Many thanks for sharing 'Jack's sky' and his sad/hopeful story. Take good care, Laura.

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  13. I have been touched by Jack's life for a while now, and this beautiful heart cloud is a beautiful and loving tribute. I continue to pray for his family, and all those whose lives he touched with his courage and wisdom beyond his years.

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  14. I'm sure Jack is smiling and loving the photo you used in this post. I will continue praying for his family.

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  15. Sometimes, it's good to gaze at the sky and dream. Thank you for sharing that story.

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  16. A lovely tribute and a beautiful sky for Jack.

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  17. My heartfelt sympathy to you and Jack's family. What a lovely and fitting sky to post--confirms the fact that there is a God. Laura, what a wonderful friend you are to so many. Your crown is sparkling with many gems. Hugs, Mickie :)

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  18. Life surely is precious and things like Jack being sick and dying, reminds us to treasure our loved ones and to enjoy every moment we get with them. It is really easy to take our loved ones and life for granted and to forget that in a single moment they can be called away from us. This is one of the reasons I frequently say the words I love you to those I love but more importantly show this love to them by my actions.

    Thank you for sharing Jack's story with all of us...I have prayed for him and his loved ones...my heart has felt a grief ever since I read early today of his passing, which has reminded me to pray for those he left behind.

    The heart in the sky is an incredible capture...it made me smile.

    Sending you love and many hugs my sweet friend. (((Laura))))

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  19. I can't imagine the grief of a parent whose child has died. I am praying for the family, that God will comfort them.

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  20. can you blame my eyes if i see a heart in those clouds? very beautiful! :)

    I have a series of shots of the FIRST EVER RAINBOW TO APPEAR IN CENTRAL WI SKY. I hope to see you at my page!

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  21. In Jack's memory, an Aboriginal ritual chant -- "When I return to Forever / May the circle be closed / And the spiral be broader."

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  22. That's a beautiful photo and a powerful post. I simply can't imagine what Jack's family is going through right now.

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  23. Looking up and seeing such a beautiful message..just beautiful, Laura.

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  24. Beautiful post Laura in thought and image.
    Prayers for all.

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  25. you spread blessing-



    Aloha from Waikiki

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  26. Laura, your blog is truly an inspiration. Your spirit shines through. Over the past few years I've been studying Jewish mystical tradition and it has enriched my own Christian approach to God in ways I cannot begin to explain. I love your artistic expression of Aleph. Thank you for sharing. I'll be back. I pray for your good health. Blessings.

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  27. I wish that Jack can fly everyday for the rest of his life.
    great text and shot
    nice day, sweetheart

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  28. Lovely post for Jack. I will pray for Jack and his family. I would love to see a cure for all the types of cancer. Your sky post is beautiful and thanks for sharing.

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  29. Thank you for sharing this story, Laura.
    Prayers for all.

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  30. thank you everyone for your loving comments!

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  31. What a wonderful heart - I love the sky ones so much.

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  32. Beautiful! Have a nice weekend :)

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  33. A touching heart, touching story, a remarkable boy. TFS

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