When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.- Khalil Gibran
Is there any deeper love than that of a parent to a child? Someone close to me once compared experiencing your child each new day like opening a Christmas present, what new word will they learn, what new adventure will they come up? How can a gift so precious be taken away so soon from us? All of those sacred moments, not just the big ones, the trips to the Zoo or the spontaneous ice cream runs, but the times when a little hand reaches out and find yours or you spend ten stolen minutes in the back yard kicking off your shoes and soaking up the sun streams with your little one, taking family walks or baking cookies.
A parent’s worst nightmare is to find that those moments are no longer available to them. This is the unfortunate truth for Larry Carroll and his family. Larry, a writer and producer in Los Angeles lived to share these what he called “stolen moments” with his two and ½ year old daughter Savannah, his 5 year old son, and currently 8month pregnant wife. Larry would break away at any time he could to share in the little things in life, soaking up his children, breaking away from social media and email streams, doing the TRULY valuable things.
On April 3rd Larry didn’t hear Savannah get up for her usual 6am Breakfast, he went to check on her and found she had passed away in her sleep for currently unknown reasons. With a heart heavy, broken even in parts, Larry took to his computer and decided to turn a tragedy into something that could bring light into another child’s life. Since he would no longer have the opportunity to share what he so affectionately titled “stolen moments” with his girl, he would start a fundraising campaign to benefit an underprivileged child in Savannah’s honor. Creating a special trip that held lots of magical memories for a child who’s family otherwise could not provide such a luxury was Larry’s goal, and within just a few weeks of fundraising thousands and thousands of dollars have been donated to make this wish come true in honor of little Savannah.
Here are some of Larry’s own words regarding the campaign;
“I'm feeling very powerless right now. But people have already begun asking how they can help, and in the days ahead I don't want a bunch of money to be thrown away on flowers. I'd recommend a charity for people to make donations in her honor, but I'm very weary of the way many charities take your money and use them to pay overhead. The only way I can handle this powerlessness, I figure, is with the power to give someone else joy.
So, here's my idea: If you'd like to make a donation in Savannah's name - any size - please do it here. And my dream is to take every penny of those donations, locate a special little girl somewhere in the world - and give her and her family the "Stolen Moment" that we'll never be able to make with our baby Savannah.”
I am, and I know that you my beautiful readers are as well, sending Larry and his family all of the love in our hearts, condolences for this tragic loss, and wish that they find peace in their grief.
Follow this link to donate via Fundly.com; https://fundly.com/savannah-s-stolen-moment-campaign?ft_src=widget_campa...
By Ashley Davene
"Art of Love" The Book available via Amazon.com