Worldwide Candle Lighting

Last week someone commented on one of my posts about a Worldwide Candle Lighting. Thank-you Anonymous. I got the information for the gathering in Saskatoon, but was feeling anxious about attending. I wanted others to see Tripp's picture. I wanted to stand with people who know what it is like. But I didn't. In the end, my nerves told me it wasn't the right thing for me this year. Instead, I honoured Tripp by lighting a candle at his tree in North Hills Park. I made an ice candle holder out of a mold my mom got me a few years ago from Lee Valley.

I wanted to leave the candle going all night so that people out for a walk would see Tripp's light. We got about 1/2 a block away and I couldn't do it. There is no way a fire would have started, but I couldn't leave it unattended. I dropped Calder and Hugh off at the house and headed back. As I approached the park I started crying. I could see the light and it looked beautiful. I wanted other people to see it too. I might have been gone all of two minutes and when I pulled into the back alley behind the park I could see a girl was standing at Tripp's tree looking a his light. I walked over and said hello. I gently blew out the candle and lifted it out of the holder.

I decided to leave the holder at Tripp's tree. I may just get the urge some other evening to walk over and shine a bit of light on North Hills Park (although not unattended).
When I got home I lit the candle on our front step instead. 
At 7:59 pm I went to the Compassionate Friends website and I wrote on their wall. Strangers will read his name and think of us.


  1. Jordan,

    You should go and buy the battery operated tealights. That way you could leave the candle lit for Tripp in the park everynight without concern of a fire. I believe that the girl you said hello to that was standing at Tripp's tree looking at his light will share the experience with family and friends and will think of your family and Tripp throughout the Christmas season and the rest of the year.

    I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I will continue to pray for you and your family.

    Kim Fuller

  2. That is a great idea Kim! It would look beautiful, and without the worry of burning the park down (which actually I would not have thought of...I would assume in ice that it would be lucky if the candle stayed lit). Still, good idea on the flame-less candle!

  3. I totally agree, Kelly! Genius. Thanks for the idea, Kim. Hopefully Santa will get some for my stocking (Hugh - that comment was meant for you)!

    I think you are probably right about that girl, Kim. I am glad it happened the way it did. Merry Christmas to you as well.

  4. Beautiful tribute to Tripp!! Merry Christmas to you and your family Jordan.


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