Thursday, January 10, 2013

Whats in a name....

I think of the kids I know who are addicts and I think of their names. Names that were thoughtfully chosen by parents who were so in love with that newborn baby. Sarah, Amanda, Tyler, Sage, Victor, Hannah, Julian....names that held special meaning to their parents, names that were bequeathed upon this most precious new little person. Names that embodied all of the hopes and dreams that these young parents could fathom. Names that are wrapped in love and blessings to be placed upon the shoulders of these most miraculous of our creations.

And then addiction hits and it slithers its way in and it pollutes and taints the family and the hope that they held for that young person. It brings with it lies, and chaos, and it swirls around entwining through the family and it teases and torments and irritates like a buzzing fly that won't go away. 

The family has to WORK so hard at being ok, at being healthy and functioning, at dodging addictions arrows of despair that seem to be flying all around them. Despite their sadness and pain and worry they keep moving, keep walking forward. They learn to go on, but always in their heart of hearts is the hope that is kept hidden away, that their sweet precious baby will find their way back to wholeness.

Annette

6 comments:

Dad and Mom said...

We just have to remember that it is possible. I look in the mirror each day and think about how lucky I am.

Signe said...

This made tears well up in my eyes. It's all so true.

Syd said...

I hope so, Annette. I really do.

Hattie Heaton (Mom of an Addict) said...

Son's name is William which means warror...hoping it will help him to fight against this disease...

Anna said...

We do have to work so hard to keep any normalcy for the family......the ones who are not using.

Isabetta said...

So beautifully written.