"Spend time with your parents and parents spend time with your children. Treat them well. Because, one day, when you look up from your phone, they won't be there anymore. What I truly learned most of all is, live and love every day like it's your last. Because, one day, it will be."
Life is strange. It comes with a lot of ups and downs that you never know how to handle. No one teaches you how to deal with a lot of things in life and it may leave you battered and broken, or you may come out of it stronger than ever. One of the most insinuated joys in life is that of parenthood. It is a beautiful journey that you and your partner embark on, together. From watching your baby take their first step, to the first words they utter, there are truly no words to describe the joy you feel. For better or for worse, parenthood changes you in a way you never really expected, even if you spent your entire adulthood preparing for it.
Watching your child grow up to be a wonderful human being is a privilege, but sadly, that's something not everyone has luck with. It is heartbreaking to know that some parents don't get the chance to spend more time with their children because life can be cruel sometimes. Actor John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston went through the incomprehensible heartbreak when they lost their 16-year-old boy, Jett.
Jett was taken too soon from Travolta and Preston and they still miss him every day. Jett was just 16 when he suffered a seizure while on a family vacation. Police say Jett hit his head on a bathtub, according to People, and he was pronounced dead. 10 days after Jett's 6th death anniversary, Travolta shared a touching message on his Facebook page about how he and his wife have been coping with the loss.
Someone you raised and watched grow every day. Someone you taught how to walk and talk. Someone you showed how to love. It's the worst thing to ever happen to anyone. He brought me so much joy. He was my everything. Those 16 years of being his father taught me how to love unconditionally. We have to stop and be thankful for our children and children should stop and be thankful for their parents. Because life is very short.
Spend time with your parents and parents spend time with your children. Treat them well. Because, one day, when you look up from your phone, they won't be there anymore. What I truly learned most of all is, live and love every day like it's your last. Because, one day, it will be. Travolta and his wife Kelly truly did not know how they were going to make it without Jett. “It’s the worst thing that’s ever happened in my life,” the actor said, according to Us Weekly. “The truth is, I didn’t know if I was going to make it.”
Jett is survived by his sister Ella Bleu who was just around 8 years old at the time. Travolta was so stricken by grief that he did not want to go back to acting, the one thing that he's known for doing best. But, he decided to go back because he was taken aback by the love that the people -his fans- showered him with. As reported by Metro, he told BBC Breakfast in 2012, "I lost my son a few years ago and I had been having quite a time of that and after three years getting a lot of support from my church and a lot of support from people, fans, family I decided that it was OK to go back to work because I’d even thought of retiring at one point because it felt like too much."
John and Kelly may not be able to watch Jett grow up to be a fine young man, but they will forever cherish him in their hearts. Mom Kelly took to Instagram to share an emotional message. She wrote: To my sweet love, Jett... you are in our hearts forever. I send love to all of the beautiful autistic children and the wonderful people who love them. May we all shine and grant love and respect to children with special needs.
Life as they know it would have been extremely difficult for them to bring it back to normalcy. About a year after they tragically lost Jett, little Benjamin was born. Kelly Preston had given birth to their third and youngest child together. Though it did not replace Jett or make their life easier or happier, their hearts were a bit lighter. For both of them, their family has always been their priority and have kept it that way. Ella and Benjamin are now 18 and 8 respectively, and having Ben "has been a beautiful kind of glue for us to rebond after a tremendous loss."