FRANKLIN, Tenn.- His story of survival captured the hearts of thousands. It's hard for Caleb Brown's parents to believe it's been two years since their son was tragically hit in the head by boulder at Fall Creek Falls State Park.
The incident nearly claimed the boy's life. October 16 will be mark the year anniversary 2 years since his family's life changed forever. Tiffany Brown said when the leaves start to change and the wind shifts, fall brings with it painful memories
"It's a reminder of the accident and the camping trip. It's hard because that was life changing," she said.
A reminder of the day and the very moment of a family camping trip when a group of teens reportedly dropped a basketball sized boulder down a hill. It hit Caleb in the head while he was being held in is mother's arms.
"When you compare where he was coming out of a coma and unable to do anything the doctors saying he was like a new born baby, it is like night and day," said his father, Tim Brown.
The only person who doesn't seem to realize how close four year old Caleb Brown was to death is Caleb himself.
"It changed our life, some negative, but a lot of positive. And we want to celebrate that he is here and that he is still healing," said Tiffany
On Monday his recovery put him in the dentist chair to repair the teeth they couldn't touch for months while his brain was healing. It was a step towards normalcy but a flashback to how far they've come.
"I was so thankful, I thanked God on Monday for where he is now because this is what he was before and it gave me that picture again," she said.
His parents know Caleb's life may never be the same as that October day before the boulder fell. But somehow they've never questioned why it happened, only found joy each time that big smile returns to their little boy's face.
"As Christians it's taught us you are absolutely not in control, I am you have to learn to believe that god is good," said Tiffany Brown.
The Browns plan to go on their first family camping trip since the incident next month. They said they want their kids to replace the trauma of the accident with happy memories of being outdoors.
Caleb is now in preschool and working with special education teachers and therapists to speed up his development.