Often, I wonder what Eric would of been like as a father to our treasured five-year-old son, Ethan. Every time I sit down to imagine a scenario of the two boys sharing in a personal exchange, I draw a blank. The truth is, I don't know the relationship that could of been. Neither got a chance to really form one outside that first year. The current relationship that exists between father and son is that built through me, the last four years. It's from within "mom", that Ethan holds dad's hand, listens to dad's stories, and follows dad's advice. There is much that I learned from Eric during our time together as husband and wife. Eric was wise beyond his years. In my desperate attempt to share some of that with Ethan, I echo Eric's sentiments, often, and with purpose. I feel that it at least provides a minuscule bridge for which Ethan to walk upon so as to truly understand the amazing man that was Eric. If he were here, I believe he would be proud of the boy that Ethan has become. He'd have with Ethan an inseparable bond and the two would play lots of chess together. There would probably be some World of Warcrafting in there, as well - that I know for certain.
Happy Father's Day, Eric. As always, we LOVE & miss you.
--> *Happy Grandpa's Day, too. "Thank-you for everything, Dad." <--