Sometime life gives you a friendly reminder of how fortunate we are

Sometime life gives you a friendly reminder of how fortunate we are

When I was a boy, probably around the age of six or seven, I had a close friend named Travis Harrington.

Travis and I went to church together and we were also in the same school at Jenks East Elementary.

Our friendship wasn’t a typical friendship between two young guys, who went out in the backyard to play some basketball together or went out in the front yard and rode our bikes down the street.

Travis was severely handicapped. He had cranial facial abnormalities and physical disabilities, so he couldn’t run and jump like other kids, but don’t think for one second that stopped him and me from having a great time together.

Travis loved goofing around and playing games and the smile he had on his face every time I walked through the front door of his house was mild in comparison to the smiles he put on my face when my mom told me we were going to “Trav’s house”.

As we got older, his family eventually moved away, but Travis always held a special place in my heart and I truly hope I did in his.

I was heartbroken on Monday when my mom informed me that Travis had passed away. He would have turned 34 on Dec. 10 of this year.

Travis’ mother posted on social media about her son and here is what she said:

“I moved my son to Plano (Texas) August 1, 2020. He was thriving in his new home. Making friends, all of the people there told me how much they love him. I received a call at 12:53 a.m. from the nurse at The Park. Then at 3:15, the ER physician’s assistant called to ask if they could intubate him. His O2 was in the low 80’s. I gave them permission to intubate him. At 3:46, the ER doctor called me, she said they got him intubated, but then his heart stopped. Travis is now home with Jesus. The most-happy human I’ve known. Always had a smile on his face. He brightened the world. John 1:5. He was created by God to be the light. He was the lamb that led me to Christ. He was born on December 10, 1986.”

As I read the post my mom sent me, tears began to swell up in my eyes. Yes, because of the news of Travis’ passing, but also because I now know that he is no longer in pain and he is running for the first time. He is running with the warm heavenly sunshine on his face and the soft grass around his feet.

Travis was happy. He showed so much love and even though it may not have been easy, he always wanted to be around his family and friends, who loved him so very much.

He didn’t care who was president. He didn’t care about politics. He didn’t care about a mask mandate. He didn’t care how much money people have or what race or gender they are. He chose to be happy and he chose to love because God gave him a chance to live and he lived his life to the absolute fullest.

I think it is time we all take lesson from Travis. I know I have. God Bless and Rest In Peace Trav.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy the Jenks Tribune.


Kyle Salomon

Kyle Salomon

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