|Kaden & Lucas April 2010|
A few months later, you and Daddy went out to the front yard to try to fly your kite again. It was the perfect day - clear and windy. You stood by Daddy's side. The wind took your kite up higher and higher. You pointed up as it flew. Mommy imagines Daddy doing little tricks to impress you. What a good day and a sweet memory for you and your daddy to share.
Last month Mommy and Daddy went on vacation with some of our friends and their families. We were prepared to have mixed emotions about being with our usual group of friends and their kids without you. Just like the first set of holidays we spent that first year without you, Mommy and Daddy have learned to anticipate that some experiences will be more difficult than others. This "first" was another we were prepared to work through.
|Layne May 2012|
Mommy and Daddy loaded up the baskets of our rented bikes, strapped on Layne's helmet and seat belt, and headed that way. Mommy and Daddy laid out our beach blanket just a few yards from the water.
"I had to let go." he said.
"The kite. I had to let go."
For over an hour that day Mommy and Daddy searched for your kite. Everyday for the rest of our trip our eyes would comb the beach for a dragonfly kite just in case someone found it. What was supposed to be a happy way of including you in our vacation became the most disappointing part.