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Doritos And Sweet Iced Tea

Updated on September 10, 2014

Remembering Jon

Years ago, when moving back to our hometown, I called ahead to inquire of a job possibility with the same company for the position I had held while in college. Luckily, I was afforded the opportunity to begin work just as soon as we were settled.

I easily fell back into the routine of the business, a job I had always enjoyed. It was Christmas so there were several extra employees there for the season. I soon became friends with Norma Jean, a very special lady, just a few years my senior.

As time passed, we had slow periods where there was time to talk and share our lives with one another.

On one of these occasions, Norma Jean told me of her little boy, Jon. She had great sorrow in her life, losing Jon at the age of four, to Astrocytoma Cancer of the spine. Norma Jean's wounds were still unhealed and painful.

I wondered then how I would ever be able to handle the death of a child, having a little girl of my own. I prayed I would never have to face such anguish.

After the Christmas season was ended, I began to seek other employment of greater advantage and left behind my new friend.

(Photo: Kay, Pam, Jan, Norma Jean, Don, Grandpa Carpenter, Charles and Jon)

A "Lucky" Meeting

Two years later, I experienced the joy of the birth of my son, Chad. Soon after, we moved into a new home on the other side of town. We had wonderful new neighbors and made friends quickly.

One afternoon, my little girl of three, Carrie, as we called her then, and I were playing in the front yard while my infant son was napping in a front room. A dog ran up and joined us happily. He was a mixed breed, about medium size and a golden brown in color.

Minutes later, a young, dark haired girl of twelve or thirteen ran across the lawn, calling his name, Lucky. She had chased him a full block and was breathing quite hard. She called to us to hold him for her, which we did.

I found the young girl to be very friendly and so sweet but with a look of sadness. She thanked us and then hurried home with Lucky before he broke loose again.

Before long, the girl returned and, after playing with my daughter for a few minutes, began to talk to me. She told me a sad story of her little brother who had died of cancer when she was only six. She spoke of going with Jon Jon to the doctor for his Chemo treatments because it made him happy for her to be with him.

I thought how sad it must have been for such a little girl to carry that huge burden.

She went on to tell me of the funeral and her loss as the days followed. It was obvious the pain had never left her, hanging over her daily, for her to tell a perfect stranger her story when first meeting.

Her huge, pain filled eyes broke my heart.

Soon after, she left to go home. In the flurry of activity later of cooking supper and bathing children and getting them to bed, I didn't have much time to think more of it.

(Photo: Jan and Jon)

Discovery, As The Day Is Revisited

However, once in bed myself that night, I couldn't stop thinking of her and realized, though she had told me her story, she had not told me her name. All I could do was hope that she would return for another visit.

As I lay there putting the story together in my mind, all of a sudden I remembered Norma Jean and the story she had told me two and a half years before. Oh, my, could it be possible that both of them had been telling me of the same little boy?

(Photo: Christy, Kay, Don, Jon, Pam and Jan)

A Smile Of Healing

I was anxious for the child's return the next afternoon. And sure enough, as soon as school was out, there was a knock on our door.

As she entered our home, I immediately asked her name. She laughed that she hadn't told me the day before and answered, Jan. Then, I ask her mother's name. She was indeed Norma Jean's daughter and Jon Jon was Norma Jean's little Jon.

I knew then that God was trying to tell me something. Why else would he have placed these two people in my path more than two years apart. There had to be a reason I was there with Jan now.

Jan had not seen our baby, Chad, the day before but ran to his side that afternoon with a huge smile. She scooped him up and began to talk to him with such gentleness, beyond that of a girl so young.

Before long, Jan became a daily visitor after school, and the children and I really looked forward to seeing her each day.

As she got to know the children, I began to leave her with them for short periods of time. In no time, she became my right hand, and sometimes my left, as well!

I watched her with the baby, seeing a bond far beyond that of a baby sitter. I was soon to realize she talked less and less of her loss as she happily fell in love with our little boy.

Chad could never take the place of Jon Jon for Jan but he was healing her heart, one little smile at a time.

And I was given the pleasure of watching this happen.

(Photo: Jan, holding Zachary)

"The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears." Author Unknown

Sharing Our Lives With Jan

It was such a pleasure to watch her interact with both the children.

Carrie, my daughter, absolutely thought Jan had hung the moon and never wanted her to leave. She would hide Jan's shoes, refusing to tell us where they were. So many nights, Jan slept over because it was winter and we couldn't find her shoes. She always laughed so hard and then climbed into bed beside Carrie. It was good to have her there.

I remember Jan's first cloth diaper change. She was so very proud of herself as she carried Chad down the hall. He was now able to stand alone, so she placed him on the floor for me to inspect. Suddenly, the diaper fell down around his ankles and I wished I had a camera in hand at that moment to capture the look on Jan's face! After a great laugh, I took him in and showed her what was necessary to secure the diaper the next time.

Jan loved Doritos and Sweet Iced Tea, so I made certain to always have them on hand. In self defense, however, I finally taught her to make iced tea because I seemed to always be out.

Whenever I see a bag of Doritos in the grocery store, Jan always comes to mind. I see her again, sitting on the counter in my kitchen, her long legs dangling over the edge, munching on a chip, and telling me about her day. I miss those days with her.

(Photo: Amy (fellow baby-sitter and friend), Chad, Jan and Carrie)

Cherish Memories From God's Hand

The days of my memories are now almost thirty years behind us.

Today, Jan and her husband, Larry, have three children and, yes, their oldest is named Jonathan. Jan is a wonderful mother and her children are her life.

We live states away from each other but, thanks to Facebook, are still in daily contact.

I told Jan once that she is like my oldest daughter in many ways and I cherish the memories we have made together.

However, what I cherish most is the opportunity God gave me to help a sad little girl, with a huge hole in her heart, to heal. And the tool of that healing? A lost dog named Lucky and a little, baby boy named Chad.

You just never know where God will lead you and you never know what God is leading you to. But you can rest in the knowledge that he has a plan and a reason for you to be where he places you for each moment.

Keep your eyes open because it is always there in wait for you to recognize and grasp...God's outstretched, guiding hand.

(Photo: Jan and her husband of almost 23 years, Larry)

"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." Helen Keller

Thank you, Jeanie, so much, for this story. It means so much to me and my family. We still miss Jon dearly. Sometimes, I find myself talking to him when I am down or worried. It's like he is still here with me. I love that song by Sandi Patti, "Hand On My Shoulder." I will sing it to myself when I am alone and I imagine that on one shoulder I have God's hand and on the other, I have Jon's. God and my Angel, by my side. Thank you! Jan

"Hand On My Shoulder" by Sandi Patti

Wedding Day 1956 - Jan and Jon's Parents, Charlie and Norma Jean Carpenter

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A Message From Jan and Jon's Father on Valentine's Day 2012

What a wonderful tribute to their mother!

One day I looked across the classroom at North Greenville Jr. College and my eyes met with the eyes of a beautiful red-head. I thought that she was the prettiest gal that I had ever seen. As things worked out, I quit going with the girl I had been dating and, with the encourgement of her friend, I asked this red-head to go to the Junior/Senior banquet. After her accepting the invite, we thought it best if we dated before then.

So, our first date was the Sunday before the banquet. As fate would have it, I met her parents and she met mine. The next day my dad let me know that he really liked that red-headed girl that he met. Of course, I let him know that was my feelings as well.

Those few days and happenings drew my thoughts toward her increasingly more and more each day.

Three months later, we were engaged and one year later we were married.

Now, we have been married for fifty-four plus years. After these years and five children, I can say that I love her more and more each year.

By the way - her name is: NORMA JEAN.

Wings Of Whispers

by Eugenia S. Hunt

A gift from God,

A baby's smile,

Loaned to us

For just a while.

Our wish for you,

Little Man,

To sleep, protected,

In God's Plan.

Lullabies, soft,

To touch your ear,

Sung by Angels

Standing near.

Wings of Whispers,

Shields of grace,

His smile, forever

Upon your face!

"I have never met a person whose greatest need was anything other than real, unconditional love. You can find it in a simple act of kindness toward someone who needs help. There is no mistaking love. You feel it in your heart. It is the common fiber of life, the flame that heats our soul, energizes our spirit and supplies passion to our lives. It is our connection to God and to each other." Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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Who Is Mom To The Zoo?

My Bio

Born in the small town of Pendleton, South Carolina, in 1950, I was the oldest of two, five years my sister's senior. It was a wonderful place to grow up where the entire town raised its children. I was always surrounded by people who loved and looked out for me. I graduated from High School with the same people who were in my kindergarten class. At 60, my childhood friends are still my friends. I feel so fortunate to have known such a childhood.

After college, I worked at Clemson University until May 1972. At that time, I married and lived in Glyfada, 22 miles from Athens, Greece for two years...via USAF. We then moved to North Dakota for another two years before returning to South Carolina.

We divorced after 16 years and two children. I married my best friend two years later and moved to Florida in 1988 and together we have raised my husband's son and daughter and my son and daughter...one federal officer, one pastor's wife, one sixth grade school teacher, and the other, after working for Florida Power and Light and later AT&T since age 19, now ownes his own business. In 1996, I adopted my step daughter. We are blessed with four grandsons and one granddaughter.

In 1999, we became foster parents with the Children's Home Society and had a number of children under our roof in the next 5 years. In 2001, we adopted a 13 year old girl, whom we first met at the age of 11, and is now 23. I also have spent more time in a courtroom than I care to think about, fighting for the rights of the children in our care. In 2004, I turned in my license so that I could be a full time Mom to our special needs daughter and keep our infant granddaughter five days a week while her mother was teaching.

Bill, my husband, is a retired USAF Air Traffic Controller. He is now working with Computer Science Raytheon, as their chief controller, contracted out of Patrick AFB, Florida. This enables him to continue to do the job he loves, air traffic, and aid the military.

I am a retired Accountant/Credit Manager, now a housewife, where I enjoy writing, singing, piano, and sewing. I have had numerous poems and short stories published and have sung in churches and for church organizations for years, as well as weddings, a couple of variety shows, and even at my daughter's, and later my son's, weddings, one of the hardest things I have EVER done. We are members of a Baptist church where I am a soloist and sing in the choir. I am also a member of the Women's Bible Study Group and work on the Mission's Committee.

And, last but not least, we have two singing dogs. Joey is a 2 1/2 year old, 80 pound German Shepherd who thinks himself a lapdog and Whisper, our nine pound poodle, who thinks himself a Doberman.

I have been Mom To The Zoo since the morning after our wedding. My friend, Lee, who was staying with our four children and two dogs answered the phone from a sound sleep, "Hunt Zoo, Zookeeper Speaking."

My life has involved many changes and avenues that I would never have dreamed of and has given me challenges that I never thought I was equal to. But, I have found that God has a plan and, if you follow His lead, you can handle anything he puts in your hands. However, you have to first learn to listen to Him. No matter what we want from life, it must come in His time. He has given my husband and me more than we could have began to imagine back in high school and we have found that what we thought was so important for our futures back then was nothing to what we have done so far. At 60, I have learned from our foster children, to look forward to the future and the next challenge with enthusiasm and excitement. If they can trust and love us after what the world has dealt them, we can surely tackle whatever lies ahead with ease. Life is a series of learning experiences and I continue to find life to be both a challenge and a joy which grows with each passing year. I learn more and more about myself with each passing day!

Eugenia

Would you like to leave a message for Jan's family? - They Would All Be So Pleased To Hear From You!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 3 years ago

      @Lady Lorelei: Thank you...looks like a great deal is going to change here.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 3 years ago

      @Lady Lorelei: Thank you so much!

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      I have visited this article before and I am just realizing that my likes have disappeared from many of the lenses I have visited previously. This must have happened with the latest revamp. Liking it again.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 3 years ago

      @Michey LM: Thank you, Michey!!

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      Michey LM 3 years ago

      I didn't notice much "unconditional love" around at this point, but I consider being the real love which involve sacrifices, sensitivity, and trust. Love the story and the poetry..

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 4 years ago

      @Michey LM: Thank you, Michey!!

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      I come back with great pleasure, it really is a beautiful story... and another example of how you know to tough people soul. Thanks, this time I'll pin it

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 4 years ago

      @RhondaAlbom: Oh, yes, we definitely stay in touch! :) Thank you for sharing Jan and Jon's story!

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      Rhonda Albom 4 years ago from New Zealand

      A very touching story, and a small world story. Wonderful that you all still keep in touch.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 4 years ago

      @Lady Lorelei: Thank you...I am very glad that you stopped by to hear Jan and Jon's story, too! Jan is still very much a part of my life and holds a very special place in my heart.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      This truly is a story of sadness and of joy. Love reads into every single line. Beautiful and I am so glad that I was able to read this.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      You've told your story beautifully. Well done and quite touching.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      You've told your story beautifully. Well done and quite touching.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @OhMe: Just dropping back by to make sure my blessing hasn't worn off yet and it hasn't.

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      I come back again and read it one more time with the same pleasure, your writing is inspiring, and the story is beautiful.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 4 years ago

      @sittonbull: Thank you, John....my Jan is a beautiful woman and mother today!! :)

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 4 years ago

      @OhMe: Thank you for the blessing Nancy!!

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      sittonbull 4 years ago

      Beautiful story Jeanie!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      It was nice to return to this great lens. Just had to leave you a blessing this time.

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      You always have great stories, and a pleasant way to present them Thanks

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 5 years ago

      @Michey LM: Thank you, Michey!

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Great poem, and beautiful true story. Come back to send Angel dust, it really is an amazing story.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you, Sue...I am so glad you enjoyed the story of Jan and Jon. I was just making a few adjustments to the story and realized I never answered your comment. Please forgive me! Thank you for sharing with us!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @cdcraftee: Christine, Thank you so much for your heart felt comments and for sharing your story with me. I think you are someone who totally understands how Jan and her family feel about Jon. I will contact Jan today and have her stop by and read what you have had to say. God Bless!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      aww wow that is totallyt the Best story true story about a family i have ever ever heard ... congratulations.. the storey is definatel;y a happy one!!!!!

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      Christine Larsen 6 years ago from South Australia

      This is an inspirational story Jeanie, great photos, and a truly beautiful poem.

      Because of the death of my little brother in my Mother's arms before he was two y.o., I was born....and my Mother died peacefully in my arms. It would seem we were each other's blessing.

      In both your story and mine, were these words ever more true and apt -

      'Whether or not it is clear to us, no doubt the Universe is unfolding the way it should'

      I'm sure Jan and family feel the same way. Thank you most sincerely ,

      Christine

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you, Rita....I am so glad you enjoyed sharing Jan and Jon's story!!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @alyssa87: Well, thank you, Alyssa...I am so glad you enjoyed our story. I had such emotion writing this one that I found it difficult...I am glad it came across to you as I wanted. Jan is very important to me!

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      alyssa87 6 years ago

      Well i must say hats off, you have written so perfectly that i can imagine each and everything in my mind. Great job.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Patsy, I have to agree with you, Jeanie is such a good writer. Growing up, I always thought of her as a second mother. I think Jeanie has a special gift in knowing how to make someone feel special even when they don't feel it themselves. I am glad you enjoyed the story Patsy. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Carrie, we have so many wonderful memories. The two that come to mind first are the shoes (of course) and the annoying pink rollers your mother used to make you sleep in lol!! I love ya girl ;0)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Shirley, thank you so much for your comment. You are so right, the memories are very precious. I think Jeanie did a great job sharing her memories of us through those dark times. May God bless you family too.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Our family also lost a son and brother. The empty spot never fills in but, God in his compassion uses time and our tears to smooth away the jagged edges of that hole in our hearts, making the pain bearable and the memories ever more precious.

      May God bless your family.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @MargoPArrowsmith: Thank you so much, Margo, for sharing our story, for you gracious Angel Blessing and lensroll! I really enjoyed your lens Ain't I A Woman...excellent!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Great story! I have Angel Blessed it and lensrolled it to Born to Be Angelic

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Sherry, thank you so much for sharing this story with us. I was so pleasantly surprised when I opened the lens to find your comment here! I have so many wonderful memories of all of you in my life and it is always special to hear from you. I am so glad that you enjoy, too, the memories of our days in Satellite Beach together!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      His love is a boundless love that reaches out and touches so many. God bless all of you and yours. Your book is by my bedside quite often; as I read it, it brings back memories of our days in Sat. Bch.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you, Jim...Jan has been a very special person in mine and my children's lives for a long, long time. She was one of the hardest people for me to leave behind when Bill and I got married. I was so glad she and her family were happy that I told Jon's story...thank you for sharing it with us!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Jeanie, thanks for sharing the story of Jan - you made this a gift to all who read.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @anonymous: And I am so glad you did!! :)

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @anonymous: You are very welcome!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @anonymous: So am I, Louise!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks, Betty...I hope I always will, too! I truly enjoy it!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow! I didn't realize you were a writer! I really enjoyed that!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing Jan and her family with me.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I so enjoyed reading about Jan and Jon. It is unnatural to lose a child or a sibling and so difficult to recover from. I am so glad you found Jeanie and her children.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Lovely...and great pictures, too. You are really talented. Hoped you always write.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you so much, Pete. Yes, Jan is a very special person! And thank you for sharing with us...I am so glad you enjoy reading my meanderings! :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Jan must be a wonderful person to have kept the memory of Jon so long.

      It is a very touching story.

      Jeanie, Thanks for sharing your story with me. You are an excellent writer and, if your

      readers are like me, I can't stop reading them until I reach the end.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Totally remember the shoe hiding! I was bad! Lol

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Jan, this is a beautifu story and I really enjoyed reading it. Jeannie is my cousin and a great writer! I continue to be amazed to realize how God is using her to help others who are in need of encouragement!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @CATHY52: Thanks, Cathy! Did you forget to favorite at the top? You can also do so at the very bottom. Thanks for coming back in for me! And the message to Jan is perfect!

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      CATHY52 6 years ago

      This one is really good. Glad to finally make the connection. Yes Jan, your brother is your guardiun angel watching over you.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @Michey LM: Thank you, Michey!! You are my greatest fan! Always there to encourage!

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      I really like the dynamics of this lens in term of traffic, recognition and readability and this all happen because you are a wonderful writer.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congratulations! What a great story.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      A huge Thank You to everyone who has graciously shared the story of Jan and Jon with me!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Good for you and well done.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Such a sweet story...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Such a sweet story :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Way to go, Jeanie!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @GrowWear: Thanks, Mimi!! I KNOW Jan has been a blessing to me and to my children!

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Another great read. You've blessed each other in life, and that's a priceless gift.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @textbookmommy: Thank you so very much for sharing Jan and Jon's story!

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      textbookmommy 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @OhMe: Hey, Nancy...thanks for sharing our story. Jan and I have stayed in touch over the years but only on occasion. However, since Facebook, we talk all the time. She said, last night, when we were working on this that we hadn't talked this much in twenty years. That's true! It has been so much fun!! Her whole family has been involved in this project.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Beautiful! I am so glad that facebook re-united you two.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @Spook LM: Thank you, Spook! Jan is very special to me and this made her happy...to have Jon remembered! I'm glad you enjoyed hearing their story.

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      Spook LM 6 years ago

      A beautifully told story Jeannie as is always the case with you. I loved reading it.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Linda, thank you so much for sharing you story...I will make sure the family gets your message. I know it will mean a great deal to them!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      As a teenager dating your cousin I felt like I knew Jon and we all prayed for him. Your Uncle Ralph and Aunt Beatrice loved that little boy. My sister had a baby boy in 1955 who lived only a few hours but he has always been missed and lived in our hearts. I think length of life matters more to those left behind to grieve the terrible loss than to those little angels. I am so sorry for your loss.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @anonymous: You are so welcome, Pam. It was difficult for me to write but I think the story should be told...so did Jan. (And sometimes tears can be very cleansing.) Evidently, I was right...it has had 80 readers in the first 8 hours...unheard of! I am so glad so many are sharing Jon with all of you! Love to you and Evyn as well!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: OMG! i haven't cried this hard in a long time! Jeanie thank you for sharing! Much love to you and your family!!!!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Don, I don't think anyone ever recovers from losing a child...it just isn't natural...it isn't supposed to happen that way. Being with Jan during those years gave me a huge realization of that loss...writing the story was difficult for me...I can only imagine what all of you have gone through over the years. Thank you for allowing me to share Jon with others!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I know, Kay...it was difficult to write, for me...I can only imagine the emotion it brought to you.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @anonymous: You are so very welcome, Charles! So very welcome!!!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @anonymous: You are so welcome, Jan. I know how close you and Jon were and I'll just bet he is right there with you all the time, keeping an eye on his big sister!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Cathy, I never realized you hadn't heard the story all together at once. I am glad I wrote it, too. It is such a touching story and one treasured by this wonderful family! Thanks for sharing it with us. Yes, it brings back so many memories for all of us!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My brother Jon died of cancer when he was 4 years old back in the 70's. I am not sure if our family ever truly recovered from his death. This is touching story written by Jeanie Sims Hunt who is a family friend. She tells her story of meeting my mom and my sister Jan during those dark days. I hope you can take the time to read this.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I just read your story about meeting Jan and Mama. It was very touching. It's been a long time since I cried like a baby.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      "A tariffic Remembrance of the story of Jon and the two and half years we lived with him knowing what the ultimate outcome would be. Our thoughts of him still causes moments of sadness but we know that now he must be one of the angels singing in Heaven. We praise God for the precious times our family had with him. Jeanie I thank you for the story you shared with us."

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you, Jeanie so much for this story. It means so much to me and my family. We still miss him dearly. Sometimes I find myself talking to him when I am down or worried. It's like he is still here with me. I love that song by Sandi Pattie "Theres A Hand On My Shoulders". I will sing it to myself when I am alone and I imagine that on one shoulder I have Gods hand and on the other I have Jon's hand. God and my Angel by my side. Thank you!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You know I have heard so many stories over the years and then how you have talked to jJan on facebook and just never put those stories togther until I read this lens. So good that you wrote the lens and I'm sure it will bring back memories for Carlyn, Chad and Jan

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @Michey LM: Thank you, Michey! I am so glad you enjoyed the story! The family is very pleased with it...that is most important. I can't believe it has had 41 hits tonight. You are the only one who left a message...thank you!

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      I never loss a child of sibling, but I enjoy the story and your talent to tell the story. Each world is showing me your loving, considering, thinking nature, and I have to admit you are a very gracious friend. Yes, unconditional love is the most precious, but is rare.

      Great lens 5*