Thursday, February 12, 2009

A card from the past

This past week I've been thinking lots about a Valentine's Day card from 1997.

Tyler was 11, and his Dad had just passed away less than 3 months before. He asked if I would take him to the store so he could buy a Valentine card to put on his Dad's grave.

I gave him lots of time to look at as many cards as he wanted. I remember wandering around the store at the time so he could be alone with the cards. Didn't take him long before he said he found the perfect one.

After we returned home he went into this bedroom for a while, then came out and showed me what he had written. I had to swallow hard as I read it. Tyler was just so brave and matter of fact about it. Unlike his mother.

Before you read it, I need to explain that his Dad use to call Tyler and McKay, "tweedle dum and tweedle dee."

Actually, I pulled the card off his grave when Tyler was not looking. I knew it would just blow away and I wanted to keep it for Tyler. Problem now is I can't find it. :(
Good I at least made a copy of the inside.


grandmapeg said...

This was so sweet! I'm sure Tyler will enjoy seeing the copy of it. I think children are a lot more brave with expressing their feelings when someone has passed away, and this certainly showed how much Tyler loved his dad. Thanks for sharing.

Kris said...

Oh, what a sweet thing to have. I got a lump in my throat just reading it.

darlene said...

That brought tears to my eyes, Jill. Thanks for sharing.
Say, does anyone have trouble reading the new type? I find it a little hard on my old eyes.

Jill said...

It's hard on my eyes too. I probably won't keep this background very long just for that very reason.

Tom and Karen Mortensen said...

What a sweet post. That was the perfect card. I am glad you saved it. Tyler seems like a very sweet person. No wonder Karen loves him.

PS I like the print on this just fine. I guess my eyes aren't quite as old yet. (HA HA) Have no fear, they are getting there.

Kathy said...

Jill, This is so precious. I wish I had more of the sweet cards I have received over the years, but I was not very good about keeping things.

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Lisa said...

Well it was hard not to read that & have tears well up!

The most striking element of the card for me was Tyler's confidence and security in knowing that his dad is still alive. Physically not present, but Spiritually able. What a great gift for him to have that sure knowledge. I love your son. He's a great human being with such a deep and tender Spirit.