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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

There is no place like home, no place like home, no place...





April is a cruel month, cold and wet one minute, warm and dry the next.

April also represents spring breaks when Brian would come up to Oregon and spend a few days around Easter, as he and his dog would venture out on the lake and spend hours throwing and fetching balls. This time, in 2011, the lake was full of reeds, and young Butters had a difficult time paddling back to the dock after fetching the ball Brian would toss out. At one point, on this very occasion, Brian had to intervene and pull Butters out of the lake as the reeds prevented her from finishing the run successfully.

But the lake was warmer and safer than the ocean. I worried about having Butters swim in the ocean, with its crashing waves and rip currents. Butters, though, was indomitable, even at a very young age enjoying any type of water, growing stronger and more determined with each stroke.

April is Brian's birthday, and it has come to represent his life, his energy, his curious spirit throughout the month. And since he visited us often here in Oregon, we see him around every step, every corner.




Every time we take a beach walk, we can point to a spot and reminisce.

12 comments:

yaya said...

Such a beautiful, heartfelt post Rosaria. I'm just sending a big hug to you along with a small prayer for peace and comfort as you lovingly remember your son.

Marguerite said...

What a lovely tribute to your dear son, Rosaria. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

the walking man said...

No parent should have to go through what you and your husband went through Rosaria. May your memories be strong and vivid, may each spot you see Brian be a place where you can bring a smile forth. Your strength makes me look absolutely weak. Be Well.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Rosaria - I feel for you .. but some lovely memories and views of your homeland ... with thoughts at this April time ... we too are having snow, ice, gales, heavy rain .. with some sun - now - but I suspect the clouds will mount and we'll have some of the above by the end of the day - all the best .. Hilary

The Broad said...

Beautiful memories -- so poignant, so bittersweet.

Amanda Summer said...

My heart and prayers go out to you, Rosaria, as you remember your dear Brian. xoxo

Snap-Smith Photography said...

Thank you again, Rosaria, for sharing your beautiful memories. It is such a loving tribute to your wonderful Brian..........I so wish I had known him but your words give him a wonderful presence.......

Snap-Smith Photography said...

Thank you, Rosaria, for sharing your beautiful memories. Your words speak of such a loving tribute and bond between you and Brian. I wish I had know him but feel I do just a 'wee' bit through your posts........

Tom Sightings said...

Thanks for the affecting piece. May we all appreciate those we still have, and remember so well those we have lost.

Helen said...

Thank you, Rosaria.

A Cuban In London said...

What a beautiful post. I am sending a hug to you and your family.

Greetings from London.

Maggie May said...

It is very hard to cope with these emotions after losing someone we love and a child must be one of the hardest of all.
Lets hope this May brings better things.
Maggie x