199 Days: The Story of Jack

Posted by Sarah Bonelli on

We arrived home at 11 o'clock at night. The house felt stale. It had that same smell from when we first bought it, a scent of absence. Walking into our house after being gone for six months was a little eerie. It was as if the world had stopped. Like life had just been lifted out and never returned. It was January 12th, 2012.

I walked past his room without looking in. To me, it wasn't really his room; he had never even slept there. As I undressed to take a shower, I put my dirty clothes in the hamper. Inside I saw a pair of shorts I must have worn six months prior. I changed the sheets and towels that had just collected dust over time and turned the shower on. As soon as I stepped in, I saw the half used baby shampoo bottle sitting on the shelf. I had forgotten long ago about those normal days. I opened it and smelled that sweet scent. A flash of him on my shoulder with beads of water running down his back. I poured some of his shampoo in my hand and began to lather my hair. I wanted to smell it again, maybe it would put me right back there. As I washed my hair I noticed something else, his little blue soft bristle brush. I picked it up and found a few soft, tiny baby hairs stuck inside. It was like a piece of him still there.

We all measure everyday occurrences in our life by time. How many minutes it takes for a meal to cook, how many hours a flight is from one place to the next, how many days we have left until a vacation or how many months we have left of school. Our life is also measured in the years of how old we are. I too, measured my life in years, and counted experiences by seconds or hours. That was until my life go turned upside down and I had to measure life by just moments.

199 days may seem like a long time, but the greater scheme of things it is merely a small blip the rollercoaster of life. It is on average less than 1% of your life. 199 days is just the time it takes Summer to change to Winter.

1 comment

  • Wait, don’t stop!!! I need to hear more of this beautiful story why does it end here??? ❤️

    Jessica Fialho on

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