Tyler and Brooke Lynch
Tyler and Brooke Lynch
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Tyler and Brooke Lynch
Tyler and Brooke LynchAs time has passed since losing our son, Brooke and I have sought ways to preserve his memory. As many of you know, we called our baby our little "Lucky Lemon." He was about the size of a lemon when we really defined our feelings that he was our good luck charm. After years of struggling to conceive, we felt so fortunate to have him, and with him on the way, everything seemed smooth and easy. Since losing him, the lemon has become even more of an icon to me. They say to make lemonade when life gives you lemons, but over the past several months I've struggled to find what to do when life takes even your lemon away.We really wanted something visible and tangible, some way to include him in pictures among other members of our family, and to remind us and others that even though he's gone, he's not forgotten. We commissioned Pam Baumeister to do this watercolor, and I think it turned out beautifully. I am so thankful for the delicate thoughtfulness that she infused into this piece. It will always remind me that he is in a better and more defined place, and that we are still connected to him, thinly but strongly. It will certainly do in lieu of the photos that we long for but don't have.When it comes to our son, there's a lot that we don't have. There are no pictures, except for ultrasounds. We never got to hold him in our arms or see his face with our eyes. I don't even know what he would look like. He doesn't really have a true birthday, or even a concrete date of death. It's amazing and agonizing how much I miss him every day, even though we've never actually met. Sometimes he seems like little more than a dream, with how few hallmarks of life he ever had.
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