Last year as we began palliative care with Dad, I went to the store and bought matching Coke shirts for him and Jacob. They were always such a tight team those two, and were delighted to have the same outfit (with matching PJ bottoms).
I was folding laundry this afternoon and pulled one of the Coke shirts out of the basket to fold. I haven’t seen it in almost a year – I assume it was too painful for Jacob to wear. I was so happy to see it out now. We all seem to be walking into this week with smiles and sorrow.
Some of the smiles come from remembering my aunts and uncles (his sisters and brothers in law), who along with one of my cousins made the trek out here to see him in his last days.
Sad as it was, we had so much fun with them. Jacob was so delighted to find out the family gift is really a thing and that it is something to be laughed about. He still talks about that discovery regularly. He takes pride in developing his abilities.
The love that was sent to my dad (and us) from family near and far was amazing. It reconnected me with cousins, we shared stories and enjoyed that deep connection that blood brings no matter where you are.
In a bittersweet happiness moment I sat with that Coke shirt and remembered how much my Dad loved Jacob.
This is another one of Dad’s photos. Taken along a road that he and Mom used to walk often.