In fifteen days, the calendar will have reached the day of your sudden departure once again. This year, it will have been ten years since you left Earth. I know that time is marked quite differently in Heaven. It sometimes feel as if your sudden death bent time right here.
As you know, in the intervening ten years, we reside on the same farm. Most of the animals you knew have departed and joined you, except for Sally, the golden labrador who is very old and is recovering from a recent stroke, and Warrior Princess Camellia, the alpaca, who is quite mature but remains healthy. One or two of the ducks we bought together are still here, but the rest of them came to us after your departure. A number of the Rhode Island Red chickens and roosters are children or grandchildren of Ross the Rooster that you bought just a few days before your departure.The horses, the sheep, the poultry, and the rest of the dogs and the cats were all additions following your passing.
Of course it has been difficult for us and for your siblings not to have had you here. The eldest three have all graduated from college and are on to jobs. One has their own home, and one has their own business, and one of them is married, but I know you know this, because I felt your spirit in the wind that day when we entered the church. You also have a precious nephew who knows all about you and would share your sense of humor and your taste in many things.
Sadly, there are still twelves and teens who collapse and die with no other notice due to sudden arrhythmic syndromes, just as you did that day. There are AEDs now in airports and a lot of public buildings.Your friend Olivia Hoff's mother, Corinne Ruiz has seen to it that many schools and porting venues have an AED now. I have been less effective, in this regard, than she has. Wal-Mart didn't wish to get one, citing legal issues. I know that even an AED might not have helped you that day. I still have one here now. Please look out for Corinne and for Olivia's brother if you can.
It doesn't seem like ten years. It feels like three. If I live to be a hundred I will not forget
how it felt when you hugged me when you were almost as tall as I am. The friends you had while here on Earth are still so ind to me. Please send my love to Papa Lawrence. I love you Daniel, wider than the oceans and deeper than the seas.