Remembering Ted

by Mark on January 4, 2011

One doesn’t normally associate courage and with a holiday party. My sister, Sue, and her family, bravely created a gift for about fifteen teenagers. They hosted a party in remembrance of their recently departed son, Ted.

The sudden death in July of the talented and popular Ted Moninger sucked the joy out of the hearts of his family and friends. It is unnatural for parents to bury a teenage son. A gaping hole shadows his siblings. The multitudes of friends, who laughed at his jokes and were comforted with by his passion, are saddened and confused.

Each day is a challenge for the Moningers, four individuals dealing with a terrible loss as one family. How do you make it through Christmas?

I am not sure who or what sparked the idea for the party. Kristen Moninger sent out the invitations, but fretted they did not include an RSVP. What if no one comes? Their house dazzled with decorations. The door bell began to ring.

Fifteen of Ted’s closest friends attended. There were hugs, smiles, and tears. Most of all, there were Ted stories. Each of his friends shared a memory. Many were funny for Ted was a natural comedian. Some were about his many talents, like the amazing garden he created in the back yard or his museum-quality aquarium. Most spoke about the moments Ted touched each person’s life in a special way.

The evening raced too quickly by. The partiers bundled up for the cold, hugged, and promised to stay in touch. The Moningers waved from the door, still determined to take it day-by-day. I cannot help but think that as the partier’s looked back at their house, a special glow illuminated the midnight sky. The hosts and guests gave each other a special gift. Memories of Ted will never die. He still lives in their hearts and smiles.

L-to-R Gabriella Sanchez. Tyler Wright, & Kristen Moninger

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Jo January 5, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Mark, that is beautiful. We will all remember Ted with fond memories and wish his family the best!

Sue Moninger January 5, 2011 at 8:30 pm

I love you. Thank you for all that you are. Your are a fantastic writer

Margie January 6, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Thanks, Mark, for sharing the courage and love of the Moninger family.

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