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Old 06-25-2010, 12:55 PM
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Hard to believe I wrote this four years ago. Seems like just yesterday. Well yesterday was Garrett's 25th birthday. I was travelling on business and had to force myself to "focus" until after the meeting was completed in a successful way. I refused to go there - to that place my mind wanted to go. After the meeting, it did not take long for the "reflecting" to happen. It became difficult to hide the tears!

This is just one of the days that are painful each year. Some years are easier than others. This year was tough on Suzette and as it turned out Shannon. On the 23rd Suzette visited Garrett's grave and she took Maggie with her. Maggie was basically Garrett's dog even though Shannon took to her to dog shows. This is the first time Suzette did this. She said it helped, new flowers and taking Maggie to his grave. Me I did not want to, nor did I go to his grave. It remains painful for me to visit his grave. It ought not be!

I just struggled a bit inside and seeing Suzette and Shannon hurting, well hell it made it worse. The emptiness remains inside. Shannon did not go to class, her mind too kept "going back' and when that happens it is hard to shake. She misses her brother fiercely. I hope she knows how proud Garrett would be of his little sister. She is doing well, but we still need to have that "talk" about the final day. She was there at the track and it haunts her also. It is one of those common experiences we share, yet by and in large have not really spoken about. I think it would help us to both know we are not alone.

It hurts to ponder those things I will never know about what Garrett would have become. I am going to ride hard, far and fast tomorrow!

Hug your kids all and as I have said before "be damn glad you can."

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Today….today Garrett would have been 21. I remember his birth like it was yesterday, so vivid and real. I remember Suzette as the labor was long. He was premature by 6 weeks. His beginning in this life was a rough one. What an incredible day this was 21 years ago. Today….today I remember what was and try to deal with what is. It was 197 weeks and 6 days ago that he died. He was my son, my friend, my riding partner and I remain so very proud of him – today I hurt real bad inside.

You see I would have had a beer with him today and told him how proud I am of him and that he had made very good decisions in his life. I would have talked with him about the day he was born and how I felt, how I acted. I would have hugged him at least a couple of times. I would have made him smile and give me that “special look” that only he gave. This is a day that every parent looks forward to, when their kids become an “official adult” – that 21st Birthday. It is almost as if it is a right of passage.

Today…..today I will have that beer with him, but it will be at his grave site. I will cry and tell him how proud I am of him, wishing I had that hug and hopefully I visualize that “special look.” I will tell him about the impact he left in the motocross community and how proud I am of his legacy. I will also tell him that I wish he was still here. Today I remember my son Garrett M. Berg the finest son a man could have asked for.

"Godspeed Garrett - may you rest in eternal peace!"
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Old 06-25-2010, 03:45 PM
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Thanks for the reminder, Mr. Berg.

I went bow fishing with my son on Father's Day. I made sure not to share that with a couple of my friends who no longer have their sons. The day was special just because I could see his face and watch his enthusiasm.

I am very sorry you no longer have that opportunity. As for what Garrett would have become...... I believe 100% you would always be extremely proud of him. He was a caring and generous young man. That would not have changed.

Enjoy your ride tomorrow.
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Old 06-25-2010, 04:06 PM
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Thanks David. Tomorrow I will pass the 21,000 mile mark on my 2009 Raider S. The hardest thing about this bike is getting off the darn thing. Gotta Ride.


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Thanks for the reminder, Mr. Berg.

I went bow fishing with my son on Father's Day. I made sure not to share that with a couple of my friends who no longer have their sons. The day was special just because I could see his face and watch his enthusiasm.

I am very sorry you no longer have that opportunity. As for what Garrett would have become...... I believe 100% you would always be extremely proud of him. He was a caring and generous young man. That would not have changed.

Enjoy your ride tomorrow.
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Old 06-26-2010, 09:38 AM
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Mike,
I feel for you, Suzette and Shannon. I'm so very thankful that I had the brief yet awesome pleasure to know Garrett. As you well know, your young man touched many.

Although I wish it was under very different circumstances, I am thankful we have become aquainted and I truly enjoy our chats. I see a lot of disfunctionality in society and it is such a great pleasure to know you and Garrett had such a strong relationship. You are a good man Mike and be confident that Garrett would be proud of you too.
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Just wanted to say I'm sorry for your loss of a son who you loved very much. Wish my father felt the same as you do. Never got that. Wish I did. I am so sorry. If you ever need to talk I am her
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Happy birthday Garrett!

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Old 06-26-2010, 10:32 PM
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I cannot even imagine the pain involved with losing a loved one. My thoughts, my prayers, and my best wishes are with you Mr Berg. You and your son are a very powerful reason we are here today.

God Speed Garret Berg, and Happy 25th birthday.
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