As it’s the holiday season, I had planned on writing this week about the gifts in my life.
I received many emails from friends noting that Tom Brady named his new daughter, Vivian.
I too have a Vivien so it was kind of fun that my favorite athlete and I have something in common.
As it’s the holiday season, I had planned on writing this week about the gifts in my life. I received many emails from friends noting that Tom Brady named his new daughter, Vivian. I too have a Vivien so it was kind of fun that my favorite athlete and I have something in common. I decided to still write about Vivien because she, and her brother Dexter, are my greatest gifts. Any parent will tell you that, our children are precious.
Last Friday we all watched in horror as the news announced that a gunman had gone into a school in Newtown, CT and killed innocent children. All I could think of was that it was a week before Christmas. What about the gifts? I couldn’t get this one thought out of my head. My brain couldn’t process the thought of students having to walk past their classmates’ bodies as they were led out of the school. So that is what I obsessed about, the gifts. I kept thinking how those parents had carefully picked out presents for their children and those gifts would go unwrapped, unopened.
The bedrooms of those children will now sit empty, the beds vacant, with no sleeping angels resting peacefully on pillows. I thought of my own children and how I rush them out of the house each morning, irritated usually because we are always late, always running behind. I casually say “I love you” and “goodbye” as I drop them off at school. Yet what if that was the last time I ever was able to say those words?
I thought about Vivien again. It really is a beautiful name. I hope Tom and Giselle will enjoy it as much as we do. Vivi’s full name is Vivien Joie. Indirectly she is named after my grandmother who was a strong-willed and stubborn Frenchwoman. She had an appreciation for the world around her. Whether it was a home cooked meal or a walk through a park she found a way to enjoy every aspect of life and not take anything for granted. When I found out I was having a girl I wanted a name that fit my Gram. I looked up the word “Life” and Vivien popped up. Actually what came up was “Viva la Joie” – Joy of Life.
Every time I say her name, I’m reminded not only of my grandmother, but to appreciate all that life has to offer and not take anything for granted. Gifts are not something you can buy. They are the people, the family, the friends, the children that we love. My deepest sympathies go out to the Newtown, CT community. Know that the world is praying, watching, supporting, thinking and there for you as you try to heal from the unspeakable loss of irreplaceable gifts.
Heather Harris is reporter for the Norton Mirror, Mansfield News and Easton Journal. A three-sport high school athlete and two-sport college athlete, sports have long been a passion of hers. The mother of two can be seen running through the streets of Mansfield where she currently resides. Heather Harris can be reached at email@example.com