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Signs of remembrance: Don't give up on your dreams

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In April my husband and I had the pleasure of going to Haiti to help build a school for children. While we were there, we had an interpreter — they called him Absolu. This young man was vibrant, funny and very encouraging to be around. 
While in Haiti we saw so much devastation. However, those that we came in contact with were so positive, happy and didn’t let their living situations change their outlook on life. Here they had so little but seemed to enjoy life to the fullest. 
When Tim and I returned from our adventure, we had dreams. We knew there was so much that could be done here in the states. The question was — where do we start? Needless to say, that was in late March and life went back to its routine. And the dream slowly dissolved. 
The other night, our interpreter Absolu was in Wenatchee. It seemed so strange that this remarkable man who lived so far away was right here on the doorstep of friends in Wenatchee.  Those who attended the trip to Haiti were invited to a barbecue and spend time with our dear friend. After dinner, Absolu shared his life story with us and once again the dream returned. What can we do? Where can we make an impact? 
As the barbecue was coming to an end, the rain clouds came in and it started pouring rain. However, as we ran to the car, there in front of us was not only one rainbow but two. The promise of hope that I shared a few weeks ago was once again right there in front of me. Not only did Absolu’s kind heart speak to me once, but twice, just like in the rainbow. The dream was alive once, it is now with us again a second time. 
Sometimes our dreams come to an end — but it doesn’t mean they are over. The reality of the dream may seem impossible but it doesn’t mean it really is. It just means it may have to happen in a different way than we had originally planned. 
Doubly blessed with a double promise and the sign of the double rainbow to remind us — not to give up on our dreams.

Karen Sheppard is executive director of the Grief Place ( She can be reached at