One Family’s Story
This story is based on the life experiences of a current Wildflower family.
Kara had just started kindergarten when my husband died; Jay was in first grade. The emotional void left by John’s death will never go away. I try to keep their father present in our lives while encouraging the kids to move forward and grow. It’s a delicate balancing act and one that sometimes gets the best of us.
On a practical level, John’s death makes every-day life a challenge. I am the sole caregiver. That means I’m the only appointment-maker, lost paper-finder, teacher-conference go-er and basketball cheerleader they’ve got. It’s a big responsibility for any single parent. When you add to the equation my kids’ emotional struggles dealing with the loss of their father, it is often overwhelming.
Becoming a Wildflower family makes summer a little bit easier. I work all year, so the kids need to go to camp during the summer. Wildflower has become an extra pair of hands . . . the partner I lost when I lost my husband. To me, the support Wildflower provides in identifying camps, helping match my kids’ needs with camp specialties, and supporting our camp participation financially makes a major difference in in the life of our family.
When Cyndi told me my family was being sponsored by Wildflower’s Sponsor-A-Camper Program, I felt really touched. It felt good to know there was a family out there who cared about me and my kids. It felt comforting to know that someone was thinking about us; that they knew our story and they wanted to help out.
I’m so grateful that Wildflower is a part of my family’s life. I know I can count on Wildflower for support, both emotional and practical, and that is often what I need most.