The Hidden Chest

Not sure how to really start this article.  I have written about several topics, most are stories of life and faith. Reading some of the well-written articles from contributors on Bizcatalyst 360° regarding the same, including how to write well, tips for writing, and lastly, don’t be afraid of what is hidden within, was inspirational for me.  Hats off to those Contributors.

At the end of 2015, my daughter informed me that I was no longer wanted in her life and that included my grandchildren.  I was in shock, to say the least, and not sure where things would go.  I knelt on my knees asking God to help me get through this as I was not sure I could, and that I was ready to go home if it was His call.

As a New Year began and I eased into it with keeping busy with church duties and connecting with an old friend who also had experienced a painful event, my pain seemed to lessen, and clarity set in.  Each day was better, but there was a permanent hole left in my heart that will remain empty.

Now fast forward nearly three years later, birthday’s, holidays, have passed when I would have been able to spend time with my grandchildren, and let my daughter know that her birthday did not come and go without thoughts, as well as Mother’s Day. I had no way to let them know, because gifts went without acknowledgment, not knowing if they were ever received, along with cards, no way to communicate because I have been blocked in all ways, I had only one thought left.

So I purchased a chest and each birthday, holiday, special day, I purchase a card and write a message, date it and slip it into the chest I have hidden with my living trust, knowing someday, these cards and wishes will make it to them.  There is another part of this story, which will remain unwritten for now.

The other day I looked into the “Hidden Chest” and realized it’s getting full and I will have to purchase another one soon.


Lynn Forrester-Pitocco
Lynn Forrester-Pitocco
LYNN is Retired from Law Enforcement as a Police Officer, with a background in nursing and previously a member of the Search and Rescue Team with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, A retired member of the Orange Police Department, she became the first female SWAT member on an elite team while becoming a member of the Olympic Shooting Team during the early years on the department. A mother and a grandmother, a devout Catholic who currently resides in Houston, Texas. Her hobbies include writing, painting, and a contemplative prayer life. She is in love with her faith, but the love she carries for her two grown children and grandchildren who rest in her heart surpasses everything except her faith in God. Since retirement, Lynn has done private investigation, worked as a gang counselor with middle schools, A member of Bl. Mother Teresa’s Order called the (Lay Missionaries of Charity), she is also a pro-life advocate, often called upon to give testimony and speak to youth groups, as well as adult forums. She has published a children’s book entitled “The Children’s Garden” and is currently working on two additional children’s books. She is currently working on the major one focused on her experience in Law Enforcement entitled “Heels and a Badge”. (copyright). Her paintings and sketches, writings, can be viewed on her Pinterest boards (click on the Pinterest ICON below). Her dream is to one-day write a movie for Hallmark. Dreams do come true … See Lynn’s entire collection of thought-provoking Articles by clicking on her byline. Lynn is a contributing author to the inspiring book Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational Change.

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  1. I see a life full of exemplary dedication here, Lynn! Yes, it is easier said than done when it comes to the grief inflicted by your own offspring. no amount of comfort words shall be enough to lessen your pain but I am sure your devotion to the cause you hold dear, Mother Teresa’s Lay Missionaries of Charity, will continue to provide the much-needed solace and comfort in just knowing that your loved ones are doing Great! With you or without you will take a back seat when it comes to your Faith in the Good Lord, I’m positive.

    With Warm Regards & Best Wishes

  2. Families can be, and often are, very high maintenance. Sometimes we wonder if it is worth the effort and pain. One has to wonder why family members do what they do to each other. Do they understand the hurt they inflict? Do they do what they do to intentionally inflict that hurt? Many of us have endured that estrangement and it isn’t much fun. Perhaps this too shall pass. We can always hope and keep putting those hopes and tributes of love in the hidden chest.