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Public Display of Affection

I sat there across from Bob at the restaurant and it hit me like a ton of bricks.

It was that deep emptiness which sucks all the air out of your lungs. The knowledge that someone so important to your existence is no longer with you… And I began to cry.

I tried to keep it in. I really did, but it came on so suddenly there was no stopping it. Bob looked up and said, “Its OK, baby.”

I’m not a pretty crier. My face turns red, and my eyes get all puffy. I held a napkin up to my eyes, to block the view of other diners. If the waitress saw, she was kind enough not to say anything.

My Christmas 23 years ago was so much different. The excitement of a new baby was mixed with playing Santa for the first time. That year I bought Corey’s first Christmas ornament. And I continued that tradition (as I’ve said before) his entire life.

I took a deep breath and decided I will continue it. We bought two little snowmen for Corey.

Snowmen always were his favorite.

Gwen Carver

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