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February 14, 2010
As February 3rd 2010 approached this year I had increasing thoughts of Johnny’s passing four years ago. For the first time since his death, however, memories of that time seemed four years old and not like last week, or yesterday.

As an optimist, and maybe with a touch of rationalization, I’m inclined to take that as a good thing in the grieving process. Another corner turned maybe? One thing for sure, I know Johnny would want what is best for me and my peace of mind. Therefore, I will not feel guilty about it but rather be glad that I’m more at ease and that memories of my pride and joy are in proper perspective.

I think one possible reason, other than the obvious passage of time, is the Legacy John left behind. Hayden and Jack are growing up so fast and are at an age where their individual personalities are apparent. Hayden, soon to be 6 years old in June, is such a mature and smart little girl. She is a clone of Holly, for certain, but she has a serious side about her (precocious and mature) that her daddy had at a young age. She desperately wants to learn everything about everything. Like most children her age she is a sponge in her everyday activities. She loves sports and being active as well as reading, coloring and artwork, board games (she is a vicious competitor who just loved beating her grandpa in candyland, dominos, sequence etc) playing school, store, kitchen…..you name it. She gave her first class presentation the other day on the African Hippopotamus. What ever happened to ant farms? What a delight she is to us all. Johnny must be very very proud.

Then there is Jack. He has Holly’s great smile and her outgoing fun-loving personality, but his other features are all Johnny in my opinion. He is skinny as a rail. You can count his ribs, and he has John’s eyes, forehead…..and yes his ears, which he also plays with. Unlike John, Jack is wound tight, very active and can hardly sit still. He is very animated in everything he does, and he does everything full speed ahead. He shares all the interests of Hayden above, though at his present age of four, doesn’t yet seem as enthused about sports. He loves coloring and drawing, cooks a mean breakfast, and is always ready to act out something and “be a clown”. Being so close in age with Hayden he is exposed to and learns so much from the activities she shares with him…..and she loves and protects him with a deep passion. He returns her love willingly.

So, as anyone can see, John’s legacy is in very good hands with Hayden and Jack. Holly has done such a great job with them both, as evidenced by how super happy, involved and well-adjusted they are. They are well aware of their daddy’s presence and place in their lives. They are Holly’s entire life and it shows. Thank you Holly.

Needless to say they are the pride and joy of Jan and me, Jason, Aunt Chris and Cremar.

And their daddy, John Michael McLane, Jr. always was and always will be our pride and joy. Thank you Johnny.

All My love, DAD
February 14, 2010
February 14, 2010
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