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Lessons to Relive: My Favorite Characters

Everyone has their own tragic story. Bad things, sad things, and depressing things happen to everyone – it’s inescapable. How one handles such travesty and negativity though, is a true testament to their character and faith…

By the age of 18 Stephanie had lost both of her beloved parents. Each was taken from her by an unexpected, yet simple, mistake of life; and though she technically became orphaned, Stephanie lived on with a resolve, love and understanding of life that has become truly enlightening…

It all started with a car accident.

As a young woman Stephanie’s mother was hit by a drunk driver, and though she healed from her wounds, her body and mind never fully recovered. Her career as a model ended suddenly, and she was left alone and unprotected. But life had something else in store for her; a loving family and a new career as a caring, endearing mother…

In a few years Stephanie’s mom was married to a man 22 years her senior – an unlikely couple, but one that flourished under the circumstances. As a broken women Stephanie’s mother found security, and Stephanie’s father found love and family.

But nothing is perfect. Due to health complications Stephanie’s mother couldn’t handle the extreme heat of Phoenix, Arizona, and so she moved herself and her daughter to the milder climate of Prescott, 110 miles away. The long distance relationship was trying, but the family made it work. Mother and daughter would find companionship with each other during the week, and on weekends Stephanie’s father would fly in and the family would enjoy a structured lifestyle.

It was a schizophrenic lifestyle for the young Stephanie, due to the constant shift between playful weekdays and rigid weekends, but nothing an adaptable child couldn’t handle. Unfortunately, such fluctuations were difficult for Stephanie’s mother, especially during her relapses of chronic pain. On such days, she would lie in bed and endure the harsh words of a bratty Stephanie who just wanted to play…

At her young age Stephanie just didn’t understand the effects loneliness and physical pain could have on a damaged woman, and when her mother went in for a routine colonic treatment and returned home sick, Stephanie couldn’t help but feel disgusted. Little did she know that during the checkup, her mother’s colon was punctured… and by the time her mother was brought to the hospital it was too late… even surgery couldn’t help…

Stephanie was 15 was her mom passed.

The following year was one of hardship and emptiness. But a bright light came in the form of Grace; a sweet, gentle and helpful soul that brought the family back together. She was perfect for Stephanie’s father, and in time things settled into place. But the new family’s happiness was short lived… A year after the marriage, Stephanie lost her father in a snowstorm. His plane simply disappeared and only a few fragments were found the following spring.

So before the age of 18, Stephanie had lost both of her parents.

To this day she is still handing and dealing with the shock and pain of such a tragedy, but in a manner that brings hope and light into the world.

You see, Stephanie describes her parents as beloved characters in her favorite book. Though their story is finished and put back on the shelf, their lessons and adoration are carried on forever. No matter where Stephanie goes or what she decides to do, her parents are right there with her. And in a way they are constantly feeding her information and providing her their support… their wisdom becomes her inspiration, fed to her in her dreams, in a realm where both parties can unconsciously meet.

The forces of the world are truly powerful and at times completely incomprehensible; but bottom line is Stephanie never feels alone. Both her playful, lonely mother and structured, organized father are by her side, through thick and thin, and with every step she takes…

And at the end of the day, we all have our own stories to live and our own tragedies to overcome, but if Stephanie has taught us anything; it’s that we always have the support of those who love us, and that the story never truly ends…

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