Monday, February 9, 2009

One year ago

Dear Kelly,

One year ago tonight, I hugged you goodbye.

We spent a quiet evening together at the Ronald McDonald house. You showed me your memory scrapbook you were working on.
We talked about some things you hoped to do on our trip to New York in the fall. It was a quiet evening among friends, among family. You and Laura talked together on the phone, another nice moment between friends.

Unremarkable, yet it felt different.

I had a really early flight home the next day. You had to go to the hospital in the morning.

I watched the clock tick by. I knew it was time to go.

It was time to say goodbye like we had done so many times before.

I lingered for as long as I could.

I didn't want to fall apart and make this hard for you. I tried to keep it light, hopeful.

I told you, "I love you, I will see you in New York in the fall. We have a date".

We hugged each other goodbye for what turned out to be the last time.

How I wish I could hug you again one more time, see your sweet smile.

Light and love, forever and always.


  1. Ross,

    Wish I could reach out and give you a big hug. You mean so much to our family.

    God Bless,


  2. Ross.

    Shocking, I'm sure, but words fail me.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Love and Light.