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Author Name: Freejourney 3 Comments
Date Added: January 29, 2007 07:01:02 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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~From The Eyes Of A Child~

The phone rang it was Jeff, “I just wanted to let you know that we have finally worked things out”. “ After new years we are going to renew our vows, thank you for everything you did to bring my wife back to me”. That was the last words I would ever hear from Jeff.

It had been a tough year for Jennifer and Jeff, so young and hard headed they both thought they were right in everything they did. This eventually led to them separating. But what about Austin? So young in life not knowing what was happening to his parents. He wanted them both, but was torn between mommy and daddy.

Night after night the fights would come, little Austin would hide in his room with the pillow over his head. No more fighting no more yelling he would cry out. At the time they did not listen to him. So involved in who was right they forgot about the most important thing in their life. A little boy who had stole both their hearts, and yet.. They were tearing his apart.

Grandma and Grandpas would try to help but all he wanted was his mommy and daddy like they used to be. Happy, holding hands, taking him for walks in the park, daddy bouncing him on his knee while mommy would make dinner for all three.

How could such a little boy find a way to bring back all the joy that he new? He hated to see his mommy cry and the day his daddy left he felt so sad inside. “ I am always here for you my buckaroo”, “Mommy and daddy need time apart”, “just remember daddy is always in your heart”. This was to much for little Austin to bear, his cries went unheard, right now mommy and daddy just didn’t know how to make things work.

A little boy with so much love would end up being the miracle to bring these two people back to the happiness they once had. Funny enough it was during his t-ball game, Austin came up with a plan. Jennifer asked Austin if he had everything in his bag. “Of course” Austin said with a grin and off to the ball park they went. Daddy was waiting there with pride, “ hey my little buckaroo”, “daddy can’t wait to watch you play”. “Oh daddy, I forgot my glove it is up in mommy’s car”, “don’t you worry son, daddy will get your glove, my god I love you son” “I love you to daddy”. Austin quickly went over to his mommy, “ mommy I forgot my glove in your car”, “all right dear, mommy will be right back”.

Jennifer and Jeff both raced to Jennifer’s car to retrieve the glove, not knowing each other would be there. As they both arrived at the car their eyes locked. No one said a word, they just stood there looking at each other as if it were the first time they had met. Finally they both started to talk and Jeff told Jennifer to go first. “ My God Jeff my life is not the same with out you”, tears are falling from her eyes as well as his. “Jennifer I love you so much, please let’s work this out and get our family back together.” Austin was standing in the outfield watching as his parents were hugging. He took his little hands and clasped together and looked up to the sky. “Thank you dear lord, I have my mommy and daddy back together”.


December 31, 2005 Jennifer and Jeff reunited and vowed with the new year that they would renew their vows and get their family back together.

“Jenny I am going out for one last time to celebrate with my friends, I will be home to tuck Austin in.” Jeff went over to Jenny and gave her a hug and kiss telling her of the wonderful life they would have. Just one more time to be with his friends. Jennifer laughed and told him to go on. They had their whole life together, they had finally renewed their love.

“One last stop then I have to go” said Jeff. “ I have to get back to Jennifer and Austin, I promised I would tuck him in, I never break a promise to my little buckaroo.” His friend talked him into one last drink to celebrate the new year.

Standing out side the bar dreaming of the life with his beautiful wife and his son, he heard a noise, slowly turning around..

Jeff was shot dead by a gun….


Author's Notes:

In memory of my son-in-law Jeffery  who lost his life in 2005

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Comment By: Freeaspiring sage on June 9, 2009 03:05:28 PM Report
wow i can't imagine how tough this must have been for you for jennifer and austin!
to just have worked it out and have it taken away again
thanks for sharing

Comment By: FreeRin Marie on May 14, 2007 12:54:20 PM Report
I'm so sorry for your loss. This brought tears to my eyes thinking of your daughter and your grandson, I don't think I'd have the strength to face the days.  Beautiful write, I'm so sorry that it's based on real life though.


Love, Rin

Comment By: FreeSilkinTears on February 7, 2007 02:15:31 AM Report
Sherri this is heartbreaking. I don't know what more can be said. Such a tragic ending to a beautiful begining.




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