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A Son Lost: A Father's Words

Mark Kawesoto Light
11/25/12

 

I haven't written anything in a long time. This time of year is always hard on our family. I want to take some time to remember my son, Sky Light. September 8 was six years since the Creator decided it was his time to go.

It seems like it was just yesterday I heard his motorcycle flying down the road at four in the morning and then a loud pop. I ran outside to find Sky and Devon both lifeless. Devon was a young man who was crossing the street at the wrong time and was struck by my son and his motorcycle.

That was the worst day of my life. To make matters worse, it was Sky’s daughter Tristyen's second birthday. The same daughter whose life he saved that spring when she fell in a pool in Florida. When he rescued her, she wasn't breathing and he brought her back to life.

My son had a drug and alcohol problem. He told me that he made a promise to the Creator that he was going to change his ways so his daughter can live without that influence in her life. He didn't change.

He left behind three children, each one a year apart from the other—3, 2, and 1. He always asked that if anything ever happened to him to make sure his kids didn't forget him.

I tell them all the good things he carried. His sense of humor, his special gift of song. He was an amazing singer.

I remember a letter he wrote us when he was just 15. He was getting in trouble and was sent to a native rehab out in Wyoming. He said he was in a sweat with mostly grown men. He said they didn't seem to know many songs. He asked if it was all right to sing. He blew them away with his knowledge of sundance songs and ceremonial songs. They asked him why he was even there. They told him they were all looking for something that he already had. I miss his voice. If only he didn't go out partying that night his three beautiful children would still have a father.

We have a wicked problem here in Akwesasne: young people and pills. I'm hoping that people can find help for their addictions. We have to think of all the innocent children who suffer from the actions of the people they look up to so much: the parents who are supposed to care and show love to the children. Instead of going out on a weekend night, do something good with your kids. Our children watch every move we make. They feel pain too. We are losing a lot of our young people across Turtle Island to alcohol, drugs, suicide—things that can be prevented.

I have a deep love for my people and our traditional ways. I pray for all our families who continue fighting these addictions for the benefit of our future generations. As a people we have fought for centuries all the horrific things that have been done to us, and because of it, we are still here.

Don't ever take anything or anyone for granted. Appreciate the time we have together because we never know how long it will last. Hug your children and let them know how much they mean to you. Protect them from abuse and neglect. Let them grow up and be proud of who they are and where they come from. We miss our son and I give my condolences to all the parents who have lost a child.

Mark Kawesoto Light is an Akwesasne Mohawk artist, culture bearer and singer.

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thank you for this important piece....the little ones learn what they live, not what we 'tell" them. and we are a nation, red white black yellow green of apathetic self medicaters . WE CAN CHANGE THIS. i am sorry your wisdom came with such a price and i am happy for you that you have come to a place where you can write about it. may you ever walk in beauty......
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Thank you for sharing. Life is uncertian... Never take Anything or Anyone for granted
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I know your pain. I lost my daughter on a bike she was 28 May the Great Spirit Bless you and yours
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I know your pain. I lost my daughter on a bike she was 28 May the Great Spirit Bless you and yours
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I am so sorry for your multitude of losses. Prayers are sent for you and for your grandchildren.
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Hi Mark, thank you for sharing and making my reality a little more bearable. I don't know exactly how you feel but I imagine the pain does become more real. During Christmas, my thoughts manifest themselves into little daggers that go through my heart and chest. The reality of losing my Jordan can be so breath taking. Jordan was 17, he made a mistake one night, a mistake that cost him his life and changed ours forever more. I miss my baby, he was supposed to graduate, play hockey, drive big boats on the Pacific Rim...Love and Light to you and your family and all the families who have lost a child...Shar
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This article is very touching. Thank you for sharing your most personal thoughts and feelings.
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This article is very touching. Thank you for sharing your most personal thoughts and feelings.
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Thank you for you words...So sorry for your loss. How do we find a way for our young people to see the light that they are meant to bring to the world. I pray to the creator to wrap a blanket of healing and love around you and you family.
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Yesterday is gone~Tomorrow is never Promised..So Today is the time to make everything matter~
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