by Kyle Ripton
A father and son learn a valuable lesson about how to cope with the loss of a loved one, through nature.
I had come home from school as usual on the bus, but didn’t see Mom or Dad waiting for me as they would normally do. Jason wasn’t even there and I started to get worried. I was sure Mom and Dad would be home by now, but I didn’t see the cars. I went into the house that was open, and I was worried that someone had broken in. So I slowly and quietly crept inside and looked around. I could hear crying coming from the kitchen area and slowly peeked around the corner. There, Mom and Dad were holding each other. Mom said hello, let go of Dad, ran over and picked me, up almost squeezing the life out of me, and still crying.
“What’s wrong, Mom? Why are you crying? What’s wrong?”
“Everything’s fine, honey. Everything is fine.” She put me down and told me to go put up my things in my room, and if I wanted to take a break from my homework, it was okay.
“Dad, Jason, and I will be outside under the Mourning Tree if you want to come outside for a bit.” We all went outside under the Mourning Tree just as Mom said, and she cried more as she leaned up against Dad. I didn’t understand what she was crying for at the time, but it all makes sense now. It seems that Mom and Dad knew about this for quite some time, but they didn’t think it would become terminal this fast, and as Jason grew so did the cancer inside Mom. I now know why Mom cried that day we all spent out under the Mourning Tree. It wouldn’t be long now before she would pass away, leaving behind a husband and two sons. She cried because she wouldn’t get to see her sons grow up and go off to college. She wouldn’t get to see all the Christmases, Halloweens, and other holidays spent together as a family.
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Kyle Ripton is an author of three celebrated novels, four children’s books in a sequence, five poems in the soldier’s series, twenty-seven magazines, and one film. His most recent book, Desperate Situation broken of distinguished insanity, was named the number one most heart inspiring books of the year. Mr. Ripton’s five poems have honored him with the Literary Agency Awards and Honorary Ambassador of the Poetry Society for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. He has written, produced, and directed his very first film based off his novel, Desperate Situation broken of distinguished insanity. Mr. Ripton now lives in Oklahoma with his wife and dog - best friend, Booster.