As strangers, but one in the same due to the profound love that I too have for my children, I feel it is important, and hopefully valuable, for you to know the impact the loss of your son Bentley has had on myself & my family. Two of my children, Kendall age 10 & Amari age 8, were at the potholes the day that Bentley was lost and have been overwhelmed with sadness & concern ever since. To this day, they talk about him, wondering what he was like, wondering if maybe they were playing a game on the same day at the same field. More so, they have been worrying about what life must be like now for you, his family. They attend Christ The King School in Burlington & have said that they will think of Bentley every time they are at the park. They hope to one day sit on his bench. The girls are young in spirit & naive to grief of this magnitude but have shown a level of empathy that has made me proud. Myself, I have ended many a day with Bentley being the last thought I have before I go to sleep & have shed many many tears for your pain. We will continue to pray that the love & appreciation you have for your family will help give you the strength needed to continue loving life; More so, strength from the wonderful memories you have been able to create from the precious time Bentley was in your life. I am a strong believer that children are a gift that God gives us as a privilege. They are not an entitlement or a guarantee but instead a blessing. Because they are His children first, He has the right to take them from us whenever He sees fit. I think the purpose is to have them in our lives long enough to make a permanent positive impact on the future and to ensure that we have learned enough from them to be better people. My daughter Amari said to me, "Bentley must have been so extra special that God couldn't be happy anymore without him... He needed him to come back home." Hopefully you can find comfort & hope knowing that your beautiful son Bentley is living strong in the hearts of my children; in the hearts of strangers.