I have a dining room full of mail to sort thru. I haven't had the time to dedicate to it. I want to read everything sent to me but it will take a while.
I thought it might be nice to share a bit of what I've received. I know I've mentioned in the past that I am just stunned by the heartfelt condolences and outpouring from kind people in the area but I’ll say it again. We are blessed to have one another!
I'm removing any personal details about the writers of what I'm going to post as these notes were to me and my family. I just think they're so beautiful that sharing them can't help but cause good feelings. I know they warm my heart and will yours as well. I'll share more in the future; these are some of the ones I re-read today.Letter #1:
"To the Stewart Family, I'm writing you this letter because I know I won't get through trying to say it... I just wanted to let you know that your son Christopher Stewart was the absolute epitome of an Angel. Chris was the kindest most trustworthy caring and genuinely friendly person I have ever met in my whole life. There was never a time when I saw Chris when he wasn't smiling. Never a time that I saw him when he wasn't doing something stupid to make somebody laugh. He was always my go to guy on a bad day because I knew there was nothing better than a hug from "Stewbear". His smile lit up a room and his laugh spread like wildfire. I wish I could say that he and I were best friends but the truth is that would not do him justice, Chris was a best friend to everyone he met. Thank you for raising a son with such a beautiful heart and wonderful outlook on life. He has truly been a blessing to me and all of his friends. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you take comfort in knowing that the entire Shenendehowa community stands behind you through this time of tragedy. I’ve never met you personally before now but I love you all with all my heart. Keep staying strong and don't forget to smile because that's all he ever wanted."
"Dear Mrs. Stewart, I am a 2007 SHEN grad that is currently enrolled in graduate school. I love reading your blog and I keep tabs on your posts. Your blog inspired me to reach for the stars regardless of any obstacles you may face and how to treat others. Also your son Chris, Deanna, Matt and Bailey have been an inspiration to me as well, knowing what great things they had accomplished in their lives. since I have had personal issues in my life that I needed to change I couldn't say that it was always easy to make changes and move on but after the incident and reading some of the things in your blog I was very moved and inspired to make those changes in my life. I have learned also to be aware of how to treat others because you never know what might happen to them. Learn to love and forgive. Move on from your mistakes because there could be more serious problems to deal with. Reading your blog made me realize and confirm the fact that good things can come out of something so tragic.
This kindness card that I included with this letter is something that my elementary school is doing to promote random acts of kindness. Since I was inspired to be kinder to others my act of kindness is letting you know how inspired and moved I am by your blog. You and your family are always in my thoughts and prayers. I look forward to reading more of your amazing posts very soon!"
"To the family of Christopher Stewart, Please accept this Prayer Bear from the Melrose Methodist Church as a token of our deepest sympathy in the loss of your son. This bear was passed around our entire congregation and prayed over in memory of Christopher on December 9th. We hope he brings you peace and comfort, and please know how very many people are holding you in prayer at this most difficult time. You will remain in our hearts and prayers in the days to come. From all of us at the Melrose Methodist Church"
I found these notes to be uplifting. I hope you did too. Enjoy your day and feel free to utilize my "Kindness Card" on someone (Or several people!). I'm a good sharer, I don't mind. :-)
Thank you for reading.