October 17, 2013

by Robyn Bryant

October 17, 2013

Today has been filled with so many emotions! There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about Christian multiple times, sometimes it is a fleeting thought, other times my heart clenches and I just ache...that still happens everyday.

This morning, I was awake early...my heart was aching...but not for me or my family.  Four years ago today I was in upstate NY visiting my sister and her family and my Mother with both my girls for Fall Break.  While on that trip, I received a call that a friend and co-worker’s son had died. Four years ago today, very early in the morning hours, Tyler Long took his own life, he was 17.  I will not go into the details here, you are welcome to visit the Facebook Page “Everything Starts with 1. “  Tyler was bullied everyday!!!!  His family is working very hard and I think very successfully to get the message out about Bullying.  I have so much respect for David and Tina Long and their twins, Teryn and Troy.  I know what it is like to live everyday without Christian, but Christian died differently than Tyler...I understand the longing and emptiness...but not everything.  If you talk to parents who have had children die, everyone of us have a different story...but we all have a bond that NO ONE wants to experience.  I encourage all of you to google the move “Bully” ...Tyler’s story was part of this movie and you can google Tina and David Long’s name and I am sure you will get a lot of hits....like Childhood Cancer...Awareness is very important!

Overall, today has been good!  I alway love stopping by our new homesite...I love the crew and one person in particular can always make me and Bailey laugh...I had not talked to our Contractor this week and I feel like today is my Friday, so I called Kim Woods and had a good conversation.  I am so happy he is builiding our new home.  He understands so much about me and why I am doing things the way I am...I am also very thankful for his extremely detailed budget that I am supposed to follow. 

This is a big weekend!  This is the second year of TEAM CMB participating in events in the Seven Bridges Marathon.  Thinking about the Race Expo Saturday and the Race Sunday, I am so happy and so sad all at the same time...but I think I am mostly humbled.  Sunday, will be a day that hundreds walk, run or volunteer to honor Christian Moseley Bryant’s life.  Thank you everyone!  If you are participating, I would love to hear your story and your connection to our family...it may be you read about Christian in the paper or heard about her on “3 Plus You” this week...I want to hear....I am excited about the weekend and happy we are expecting exceptional weather.