Today was Elliott's memorial service. While sad, it was a nice celebration of his life, with a lot of his friends & family there. Cindy did remarkable today. Dan seemed to not do as well during the service, but he was a little better after. Like Cindy told me, she thinks she's known this day was going to happen for quite a while and has prepared herself as best she could. I'm sure its really going to hit her once things settle down a little. When it does, I hope she calls me if she needs someone to talk to or hang out with.
It just dawned on me that I have a few pictures of Elliott on my computer, so I'd like to share them with you. Cindy & Dan usually have a July 4th party at their house, with swiming, food and friends, its a great time. I have a picture from July 07 and July 08. I might have more but if you saw all the pictures on my computer you'd understand why I can't find them at the moment...
Here he is being goofy. I remember him saying something totally preverted (because he was silly like that from time to time). Cindy is seen in the picture just shaking her head like "I can't believe you just said that". Everyone else was chuckling :)
This next one is him sitting at the food table chilling out
When we arrived at the service today Cindy asked Kelsey or I if we'd want to say a few words during the service. It caught me by surprise. I had a sleeping Bree on me (who slept through the whole service), so I declined. I probably would have frozen up if I got up there. But what I would have liked to have said if I did was this:
Elliott. I had the pleasure of meeting you several years ago, after meeting your mom through another caringbridge site. You are a great young man who has been through so much over the years, and you were such a fighter. I'm glad I had the pleasure to get to know you, and see your crazy side, and your brave side. I consider myself lucky to have known you, and your marvelous parents. Your mom and dad are awesome, they've been with you for everything, and fought along with you. They've been your advocate when you needed one. They are so proud to have you as a son and they will miss you every day. You put up such a strong fight when you were handed one crappy hand after another. Now is your time to rest Elliott. Rest in peace. We will never forget you.
Ok, thats all I've got tonight friends. Take a minute to hug your kids tightly and let them know they are loved. Toodles.
QOTD: (if you are new here thats the Question of the Day, please answer it in the comments)
If you knew that tomorrow would be the last full day of your life, how would you spend the day?