The following post is not an ArtsEdNet typical topic, but the poem
that Larry Cox sent in made me think of a true story that happened a few
years ago to friends from my hometown. I find it helpful concerning the
latest youth tragedy in Colorado, and also relates to Larry's poem's
Some friends of ours took their kids to Mexico for a big vacation.
While the mom unpacked in the condo, the dad walked the kids down to the
beach. There were signs in Spanish everywhere that appeared to say
"Danger", but the dad didn't know what they were referring to. All too
soon a huge wave smashed over them out of nowhere and swept the children
out to sea into boiling undertow, and the father almost out to sea. Both
children were lost and died immediately, at only ages 7 and 9. Their
bodies were later found miles down the beach. The father almost died but
was able to drag himself back to the rocks. You can only imagine what
followed when he realized what had happened.
But something came out of this that surprised everyone. A man up at
his condo just happened to take a picture of the beach during this
traumatic event. He didn't really notice the children with their dad,
they were so far down from where he was shooting his camera. Later that
day when his pictures were developed, he was quite shocked to see a huge
vision of a robed spirit with arms outstretched over the water. This was
not a photographic trick. He ran to the parents and gave them a copy,
which brought the family such great calm and spiritual healing in their
grief that they still say they don't know how else they could have made
it through the event.
Who knows what this was or what it meant? All that matters is what
it meant to the parents who had just lost their beautiful children.