By Helena Tym
“Chin up, head down.” those are the final phrases that Helena Tym ever bought from her son, Cyrus, on the finish of the ultimate letter he wrote to her. On June 2, 2009, males knocked on her door and educated her that Cyrus, a nineteen-year-old solder within the united kingdom defense force, had been killed that morning through an explosive while serving with 2 Rifles in Afghanistan. In an attempt either to deal with this incomprehensible information and to trap the stories of her son, Tym wrote this ebook, and a element of the proceeds is going in the direction of the warriors, Sailors, Airmen and households organization (SSAFA) Forces support organization.
A heartrending account of a mother’s loss, Chin Up, Head Down will resonate with somebody with a family member serving within the militia or facing a life-altering grief.
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Nothing happened. ” Laughing, Vera said, “That’s quite all right. ” I gaped. They had sent a blind woman to be my teacher? What were they thinking? Somehow our hands found each other and we shook. Mama stepped in and gracefully guided Vera to a chair. Slowly, I sat down. My parents had evidently learned something about Vera before this visit. “I understand that we have some friends in common,” said my father. ” The three of them made conversation for several minutes. This was perfectly okay with me.
I’d wake up and just lie there staring up at the ceiling of my childhood bedroom. There was nothing I could think of that would make getting out of bed worthwhile. I had been an exercise rider for a federal judge for the previous two years. He owned a steel gray thoroughbred named Knight Commander. My job was to keep the horse fit and in training for fox hunting. Knight Commander had developed the habit of setting his jaw against the bit and galloping, out of control, at any fence that the judge directed him to jump during a hunt.
It was Adam. Adam, the family friend who owned the lake house. At that precise moment, at that precise and precious moment, I wanted to live. Here was my chance to start over again. To put the terrible sucking feeling of that whirlpool behind me and to live. The desire for life became a fierce burning flame in my being. I told Adam what I had done and told him that I was a mess. He misunderstood me at first. ” With a powerful longing, I wished that I could tell him that I had, in fact, missed.
Chin Up Head Down: A Mother’s Journey of Madness and Grief by Helena Tym