A candle so briefly lit: Chase Martens…by Chuck Duboff

@Chuck Duboff

MACBETH:  Act V, Scene 5:

Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more.





How do we make sense of a 2 1/2 year old child losing his life?  How can we begin to comprehend the excruciating pain which the parents of this little soul must be feeling?  How will these parents ever get on with their lives?

A little boy, just 2 1/2 years old, gets dressed to go outside and play.  His parents look out the windows, see he’s ok and continue on with what they are doing…perhaps cleaning the kitchen, making a meal or just simply talking.  Their little angel wanders off…and then FATE decides that it’s little Chase’s time to leave this world.  This little soul, with his whole life in front of him, drowns in a creek just a half a km from home.  Why now?  Why Chase?

Was Chase chosen by FATE to be a lesson for all of us?  To look at Chase and see our own children in him?  To see how quickly life can be taken away from us?  Is this how the Universe teaches us important lessons?  Why must his life be taken in order for us to wake up to this oh so brief candle called life?  Why must his parents go through this horrible pain, a pain which they will carry with them throughout the remainder of their lives?


chase's parents




One thought on “A candle so briefly lit: Chase Martens…by Chuck Duboff

  1. Reblogged this on Chuck & Geoff's Eclectic Blog… and commented:

    It’s been 24 hours since I wrote this blog; as I am about to reblog this heartbreaking story…I am sickened by the need for today’s Free Press to write two editorials urging people to show some humanity towards little Chase’s parents. Who is anyone to cast stones against these parents…life happens; little Chase went out to play…we can’t smother our children 24/7…for some unknown reason, fate decided it was Chase’s time. That is all, nothing more. Have some compassion for two grieving parents.


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