International Overdose Awareness Day

Yesterday was International Overdose Awareness Day.  WTF always tries to do something for that day.  It is more challenging when August 31st falls during the week.  So I reached out to the Denton County Juvenile Department, and they said come.

So, I had the opportunity to speak and show the documentary to the juvenile residents of the Courage to Change Program at Denton County Jail. It is such a great program because of all the counseling that each resident is given. When I do presentations like that, I can only pray that at least one person hears it and it will make a difference.

Later, I showed the documentary to the parents of those youth. That was totally different. Tears were flowing and you could see the fear in their faces. Fear of their child’s life due to drugs. Fear for their family unit. I believe that they all heard and that they will work toward keeping their youth on track when they finish the program.

However, the future is up to each of those youth. It is their journey. We can only pray they choose the best path.

I am an Heir

When I read the words “Heirs to the estate of”, I think of wealth, someone who lived a full life and a family of many generations still alive.

Brett had some unclaimed funds in the Texas Comptroller’s Account that I applied to get. I never thought of myself as an heir, just a mom who misses her son so very much. Heir seems regal, not broken. Heirs sit on nice sofas, not in a circle of support and hope.

Thank you Brett for leaving your estate. Dad and I will be going to dinner with your $96.19. I would rather take you, Kyle and Dad somewhere fun, where we could laugh and you all would make fun of me, but I can’t.  I am an Heir.

Today is Good Friday. We are in mourning.

How appropriate that I was at the funeral for Michael Luce. The room was filled with people in recovery. You could tell. They were shaken and probably scared. As each person came up to speak, they shared what an important place Michael had in their lives. Addiction is a very difficult part of their lives.

There were a few things said that really stuck out for me. One of his mentors asked each of us, “What part of Michael will you take with you today?” Wow, I had to think about that. For me, he was strong in recovery, sponsoring and mentoring many. What I take, is how strong addiction is for these children. I say children, because they are someone’s child. Those parents are changed and broken forever. You do not forget. You do not get over. You mourn. Just like Mary did for Jesus, just like Kim and Lori will for Michael.

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