Judson's Legacy

Four Bowls


As I was preparing dinner tonight I grabbed some bowls for salad, laid them out on the counter, opened the refrigerator, and pulled out a bag of baby greens.  When I turned around to start making the salad and caught a glimpse of the counter, my heart sank.

“Oh man!” I mournfully exclaimed.

Drake moved swiftly into the kitchen, “What happened?”

“Four bowls!” I sorrowfully replied pointing at the Corning Ware situated before me.  “I pulled out four bowls.”

I stared at the two big bowls and two little bowls – they seemed like a perfect set.

Gripped by sadness, I placed both hands on the counter, hung my head, and inhaled deeply, all the while wondering How did I end up with four bowls?  Knowing what was necessary, I slowly picked up one of the little bowls, walked across the kitchen, and opened the cupboard, tears pooling in my eyes.

“Oh how I wish you were here eating with us, Juddy,” I whispered as I placed the little bowl back on the shelf.

With my yearning heart I stared at the three bowls that remained – definitely an incomplete set.

6 Responses to "Four Bowls"

  1. melanie says:

    Oh, Christina. That’s heartbreaking. I’m so sorry. He is still such a part of the fabric of who you are – you will never forget him.

  2. Christina, you always speak directly to my heart. When Benji was here I would take one night off to do something with my other son Zach. We didn’t have much time so we would usually just end up at Target drinking Starbucks and walking around the store. I started buying the holiday plates and yes I now have four heart shape plates that I got out for Valentine’s Day and yes it is a reminder of better days when we were four. You still are a family of four… just one of them lives in Heaven with Jesus.

  3. Tammy Wilson says:

    Tears…..I’m so sorry Christina

  4. Samanta says:

    You are definitely a family of four, and you will always be… but how we need the loved ones who parted before us!!!!!!!! We need them badly!!!
    I wish Juddy was there to share dinner with you!!
    With tears… and all my love,

  5. Kelly Brown says:


    What a gift you have…each writing touches me somehow…I always can relate somehow through my experience with David…although different…the same. Thank you for sharing your heart with others through your precious son.

    Hugs from NC!!

  6. Monica Fry says:

    As my two daughters

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