Saturday, April 28, 2012
This One's for Joey
Today marks the fifth anniversary of Joey's passing.
I am determined not to spend the entire day feeling sad. I'm determined to be happy that he is at peace, that is resting, that is he is happy. I'm determined to remember that he is well and whole again.
I will instead focus on what an amazing time we had together--how we laughed, played, explored, hugged, talked, and loved one another as a family. I will remember how he led his friends in games of fun. I will remember how he stood up for his younger sister and took care of his little brother. I will remember how he begged Brett to play video games every free moment that he had. How he left items for Brett to fix on his desk because he truly believed that Dad could fix everything. I will remember how he enjoyed spending time with me and requested that I share every field trip and school party with him.
I will remember how he faced cancer with grace and how he fought with everything he had to stay with us.
I will remember the type of man he was becoming: honest, hardworking, faithful, and loving.
I will hold his memory tight in my mind and love him from a distance always keeping him in my heart.
I will whisper "I love you" a thousand times today. And I will cling to every happy memory of our time together.
I love you, Joe!