I thought today would be a good day to share about my latest project, well our latest project really! As most of you know, Shane’s best friend Trem and I have been working together for several years now to share the story of their friendship. I shouldn’t say it’s working really. It’s more like be getting hang out and spend wonderful time with my kids best friend…or my ‘other son’ as we so often refer to him. In all the years since Shane has passed (it’ll be 10 this March, believe it or not!), we’ve talked about the importance of sharing that story and encouraging others to connect with someone that might live life a little bit differently. It’s been an amazing project as we continue this journey of sharing and healing together.
One thing we always talked about doing was to one day write a book about their friendship and experiences. Lots of thoughts and ideas on it…but when it came down to the actual doing, we shifted our direction just a little, and decided to focus on reaching children. With inclusion, acceptance, fighting bullying or racism…. we believe that our greatest hope lies in our young people. To have the opportunity to plant seeds of possibility in young minds has been the catalyst for so much change in the world in the past. I believe that that’s the answer for making change in the future as well.
Shane and Trem ‘Just my Friend’ book 1, starts with when the boys met each other at age 4, and continues through age 9 when Trem received a Young Humanitarian award for all he did with and for Shane. As Trem said then, as we’ve named our presentation… “I don’t get it, he’s just my friend.” Those were the sweetest words this Mom had ever heard, and they continue to bring joy to my heart all these many years later.
In the months ahead, we’ll be looking for more opportunities to present and share our story, and to promote the books. With my recent move back to Kenora from the west coast, I’m excited to once again be closer to Trem, so that we can continue to do the work of the heart together as long as he’s willing to do it with me. Don’t ever kid yourself, I know how lucky I am to have ‘my other son’ sharing this road with me. Just one more of the thousands of gifts Shane brought into my life, and continues to offer as we grow forward without him.
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