Many thanks to Steve Bartlett for creating this video, and doing it for free on short notice.
On today, the anniversary of the day that my beloved Aimee was released to be with the other angels back in heaven, I am spending it the following way:
- Dropping Rowan off at school
- Visiting with Pastor Kevin, the lead pastor from my church
- Spending much of the rest of the day in quiet reflection
- Meeting Rowan as she gets home from school
- Spending time with her (see below)
- Spending some time with friends, 'hitting the reset button' as Aimee used to say, doing something to get a reprieve after what I know will be a very tough day
I've spent a lot of time the last couple of months trying to determine what I want to do with Rowan to recognize this day. I wanted to find something that would be appropriate for Rowan to do at any age, and one that would not be geographically specific, so she could do it anywhere, no matter where she lives during her life. I also wanted whatever it was to become a tradition that she could observe for the rest of her life, or at least as long as she felt it necessary.
After considering and discarding many ideas, I finally settled on one I like: we're going to write a letter to mommy. She'll tell me what she wants to say, and I'll write it down. She also wants to draw pictures to go with it, which I think is sweet. I'll save all of them, and put them in her memory chest (a subject for another, soon to be written blog post) so that she'll be able to go back and read them any time she wants for the rest of her life.