Sunday, June 3, 2012 (one year, 12 days)
Yesterday we celebrated an amazing event in honour of your Foundation and it was a huge success. Much bigger than we thought it would be and I am still in awe and overwhelmed at the
generousity of our community and our friends. This place we call home is so very special and I believe that there may not be another place like it on this earth. I am exhausted on all fronts; physically, emotionally, mentally, etc. and yet my heart, though so broken, is swelling with pride. Pride for you and the impact that you had on so many and pride for our Village; the Village that helped raise you. You are missed by so many, Willy, but remembered too, which is all I can ask of anyone and is all I can hope for.
During the Silent Auction, I bid on a purse full of goodies and ended up being the winning bidder. In it was a book titled How Many People Does it Take to Make a Difference? I thought it quite a statement that I would be the recipient of that book because it was another reminder that you made such a difference in your short life. And it made me think that everyone that participated in the Bike Ride and the Silent Auction last night made a difference too. The preliminary calculations are looking like $40,000+ will go to your Foundation! I can’t find words to explain what that feels like; such a bittersweet thing. If only you were here with us at home where you should be, enjoying the gifts of the ordinary days I long for. Oh, what I’d give for that to be true… But, sadly that will never happen. Instead, I will remind myself of the good that came out of this weekend; the many friends and family that supported us through your Foundation and I will remember how we all came together to remember you and to help our community heal. You’d have loved it, Will. But I think maybe you were there; looking down on us with a big Willy smile and giving us a big thumbs up with both hands. You definitely are the little big man.
Love you like a bus and more than your bike,