Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Celebrate Pablo's Birthday With Us On Sunday

Pablo's seventh birthday is this Monday, June 21.

Many of you have sent emails and text messages this week, voicing your support. Telling me that you love me, you love Jo Ann and Grady, and you miss Pablo. And that you are there. 'There' is a place, and I know where it is. So, if you're one of the people who has sent a communique our way, thank you. We appreciate your presence. And we need it. So you know: all we need to know is that you're there. The power in that statement is immense.

As you can imagine, it's no surprise that my son's birthday is approaching. I've known the date of his birth since the sunny Saturday in 2003 when he came dancing out of the womb. We were smiling that day, holding our tiny little ball of humanity who immediately became known as Pablo. We are still smiling, remembering him. Today there is a lot of pain mixed into the sweetness of those memories. How could this not be the case? Our boy has gone away, to a place we don't understand, a place we only imagine.

For weeks, Jo Ann has been asking me to write a post inviting our friends—you!—to celebrate Pablo's birthday with us. Such a simple thing, yet I have not been able to do it. I knew a time would come where I had to do it. And now's the time.


Please join Jo Ann, Grady and me this Sunday, June 20 at 11 a.m.

Bring a blanket, lunch, lemonade, whatever makes you happy.

We'll be at Pablo's grave at Forest Lawn Cemetery (directions and details are in the side bar to your right).

We'll have cupcakes.

And we'll be there for an hour or so.

Most of all, we're looking forward to sharing our morning with you.

Please spread the word.


Jules said...

Wow, I sensed that something big was near! I had forgotten that his birthday was approaching soon.

I say that I "sensed" something because this past weekend while working in my backyard, there were lots of butterflies and playful squirrels around. Quietly, in my own way, I said "Hello Pablo!" to each of them. I assume he is zooming around the world, stopping here and there to remind us of his presence. Squirrels and butterflies always remind me of him so I always feel like he's "around" when I see them. Right when I was finishing up outside, a butterfly landed on my chest, directly over my heart and just sat there for several minutes. It was quite moving and I definitely had a little moment talking to Pablo.

Happy Birthday sweet boy - you're thought of so often!

xoxo :)

Lisa Lavender Hickey said...

Jeff, JoAnn and Grady - You guys are amazing! It's know wonder at all that your little boy, Pablo has cast such a bright light that shines so very far and wide and continues to shine within so many of us. Even in people like myself and my family, who never had the wonderful pleasure and joy of meeting that beautiful little boy with the twinkle in his eyes. We will not be able to attend Pablo's Birthday celebration, but know that my son Nathan will be wearing his Pablove jersey and riding his heart out, in honor of Pablo, at the California State Series Big Bear Shoot Out #2. We will be thinking of your family and celebrating that beautiful little boy of yours!

Anonymous said...

Miles and I talk every night (as we say "goodnight" to Pablo,) about what we will do to celebrate Pablo's birthday. Thank you for doing this. We really wanted to celebrate it with ya'll!!!!

Heather said...

As the month of June approached,I had but one thing,or one person on my mind and that was Pablo.I found myself revisited blog posts from last year, from basically May on and I scoured the blog gazing at Pablo.Then my thoughts turned to all of you,his beautiful family and I have been sending love and light your way ever since.

Miss Z and I will see you on the 20th.There is no other place we would rather be.

schmikey said...

I live in Colorado, so I won't be there, but I'll be THERE! Peace to all of you!

Stephanie said...

We will be celebrating from RI with you!!! Will note the time difference. @ 2:00pm here, we will be with you!!!!

We are "there"!!!

Alberta Art Classes said...

I will take some time and remember Pablo on Sunday from our new home...Blessings on you and this special day...xo

Binkytowne said...

Me to. We'll be thinking of Pablo and your family in Wisconsin on Sunday. We'll be there in spirit.

Allan H said...

Wish I could be there, but I am also in WI but I wear EVERYDAY the Pablove Yellow armband. So my thought will be with you then and always.

Allan and Dana

Anonymous said...

Pablo and you will be in my prayers from Washington Dc on Sunday.

Jackson said...

Gosh wish I was there !!! We LOVE you P !! Thinking of you guy's and sending nothing but LOVE and PEACE your way.
Cheri and Jackson

Lisa said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate such a special day for an amazing boy!! Just know on Sunday morning, we will be releasing balloons in Pablo's memory here in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada!! You are always in our thoughts and we send our hugs to all of you!!
Be well and thank you so, so much for including the rest of us in this very special day...it is truly an honor!

Lisa :)

Kisses For Noah said...

Thinking of Pablo and his wonderful family today. You are all in my thoughts and prayers!

christina said...

i sent this to jo ann already, but i just wanted to let you know that this morning after yoga, i sent this blessing to pablo on his birthday:

May the long time sun shine upon you.
All love surround you.
And the pure light
within you.
Guide your way on.

The Long time sun is a blessing/song said at the end of each Kundalini yoga class. The first time you are supposed to sing it to yourself, the second time to someone in need and the third time to the world. Today I sang it for Pablo.

lots of love & light,
christina xox

TonyG said...

Happy Birthday Pablo.

P-love always

With love
Tony, Ulla, Francisco and Matias

Anonymous said...

today is Pablo's birthday
and the birds are singing.
we discovered a small nest in one of our bushes today - inside sat tiny birds, eyes still closed - stretching their necks and singing.
nature's celebration.

with love and light,

lauren, chris, milo and desi

Elizabeth said...

I am thinking of you on this day and your beautiful Pablo. I have never met you but your son has had an impact on my life.

Blessings to you, your wife and Pablo's big brother.