While Rob and I were visiting Walter in the hospital one night, the boys were with Grandma and Grandpa. When we came to get the boys, they greeted us with freshly created artwork. Instantly, I knew where I was going to hang Joe’s artwork. And for this and so much more, I am thankful.
Walter died. There is no easy way to say those words. His heart stopped beating around 4:30 ET, Nov. 19th. While Walter was passing, a friend of mine lit a candle for him. In her words, “I lit this candle today with the intention and vision of Walter’s feeling and being free…”
This morning when I woke, my eyes were puffy and my nose was red. Starting a day in a world without Walter is not easy. But when I went to got dressed a smile came across my face. Walter was my conspiracy-theorist companion. Though he bought into the hype far more than I did, we truly enjoyed going back and forth with various theories. I wear this shirt with a smile, knowing Walter would smile with me. Oh how I will miss our conversations.
Special thanks to my friend for sharing the light with Walter.
I didn’t post a picture yesterday due to good things and bad things. First, Joe had a poetry recital to attend. He presented a poem about friends to a group of about 50 people. He did such a great job, too. Second, I went to the hospital to visit Rob’s brother. He’s on a ventilator and heavily sedated due to a stroke and ‘coding’.
Rob’s brother is pictured in this family photo taken in August of last year. He is in the ‘front’ with me, in the pale green shirt, next to his Aunt in pink. We welcome any and all positive thoughts and prayers on Walter’s behalf. He is a son, brother, father, and husband. Though his wife is not pictured here, his daughter is the one in pink on the slide.
This picture was taken by Tammy McGarity, a professional photographer. She is a Mom to two kids who attend Joe and Charlie’s school. During the Fall Festival, she brought her ‘mac daddy’ camera with her and took some pictures for fun. (I had serious lens-envy.)
This morning is a drag for me. The behavior of my oldest has not been pleasant these past several days, and his behavior last night left me shell-shocked. I’m still unsure how to deal with his actions. Perhaps I’ll be enlightened by the time I pick him up from school.
Through my camera lens, life is full of smiles, silly poses, sunrises, sunsets, and the beauty that surrounds me. Sometimes, behind the lens, there is chaos.
Joe’s teacher asked me to come to her classroom to take pictures of each child in the class. She has seen my pictures via Facebook and this blog, and she was confident I would be interested in the task. I was interested; and, I was particularly interested in the handsome boy in blue.