“Sweet 16”

I would imagine that most people would not think a 16th anniversary of a child’s murder could be sweet.  My son, Christopher Robin Hotchkiss was murdered by Mark James Taylor 16 years ago.

My grief journey has been a real life education. I do feel that I need to concentrate my human efforts on the sweet.  I have chosen to live and thrive, to walk carefully and kindly in the world and make sure my steps count.

One of my favorite quotes is:

What do we live for if not to make life less difficult for each other?          George Elliot

So, I will celebrate Christopher; I don’t not want to dread this day anymore.  I want to be a happy mother.  Look upward and send a smile.

Love, Radha

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11 Responses to “Sweet 16”

  1. maxie says:


    love you more each day


  2. Meghan says:

    I believe that Chris is in such a happy place..& is always with his loved ones..he died too young, but its a fate that’s inevitable for all of us..just a matter of time..I also believe we’ll see our loved ones when we pass..he’s an angel that blesses those he knew & loved..from what I’ve heard, he truly was and is an amazing person with a wonderful heart..anyone that knew him should be proud. I wish I could of had the pleasure, but I know he’s with Mike a lot. Life throws unexpecteed things at us..but in the end, everything will be ok..& we’ll def be with our loved ones again! & like I said, he’s still with those he loves…because love always lives on..

  3. Claire says:

    Chris and Michele smiling down on us.

  4. Ellie says:

    Amen. Peace.

  5. Mary Quinlan says:

    Thank you for sharing your message. I needed to hear this today. God Bless!

  6. Shirley A. Sloan says:

    Radha I am so happy that the pain has gone away and you are able to smile up at Chris and smile. I am learning through you so I looked up and smiled and remembered the sweet young man that we all loved so very

    With much love to you,

  7. Michael Ferrari says:

    An excellent quote, and I can assure you that your steps do count, probably in more ways than you know. Thoughts are always with you.

    Very best,


  8. Carrol Chrys says:

    Thank you for sharing this special insight.

  9. Elizabeth Marlow says:

    Hi Radha,
    you make life sweet for so many people….

  10. Radha
    I knew your son was killed, but never ask how. Tears are filling my eyes as I write this note. God bless you for your strength, love, openness and a true beauty, ( to forgive.)🙏🙏🙏🙏😘

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