We will be celebrating your birthday today as we always have because we can't imagine it any other way. You are our Halloween baby.
Your father and I talk about you so often and revel in the memories we have of you as a man and as a child. Just today we drove past Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. As we passed by the sidewalk that lead up to the front door, I could not help but privately reminisce about your birth as your father had a conversation with your Grandmother in the front seat of our car. We were incredibly happy to welcome you into our family of three. We knew we would name you after your father, as well as after my brother who passed as an infant and as it so happened he was also born at Our Lady of Lourdes some thirty years earlier. As a matter of fact, I was born there too when the hospital was just one year new.
You were the sweetest baby. The cutest little boy you could ever imagine and handsome to boot as a grown man. You had the awesome talent of making people laugh, so quick with a joke, so fast with the comebacks. You made our lives better.
We wish you were still here. We wish we could see you one last time and say all the things that were left unsaid. We wish so much you didn't have to go.
Please know I see you in the clouds and in every gloriously colored sunset. I see you in the moon and stars. I see you in a butterfly as it dances across our yard. I see you in your beautiful daughters. They are so amazing, John.
We had the privilege of having you in our lives for thirty-nine years. You gave us love, laughter and three delightful granddaughters.
We wish you a very Happy Birthday. We wish you love for all eternity.
Happy Halloween, to my little Pumpkin Head.