|Lou at the mountain this week :)|
|Light sabers and moustaches|
|Ty in the car leaving Okemo one year ago|
|Look at him go!!|
After Ty died, Lou asked that every time we clink our glasses we toast to Ty. “To Ty!” we say. I am so glad he made this rule, because I imagine that over time we will encounter plenty of new people who don’t know our story. When I’m 70 and toasting with strangers, I will be happy to explain why I insist on toasting “to Ty” in addition to whatever else on that occasion. I want to talk about him always. This will be a way that I can always do so, considering I will surely be drinking wine until my last days.
The holidays were very painful, but we survived. I wasn’t sure we would, but here we are, January 2013. Every Christmas decoration in our home triggers a memory of Ty. New Year’s Eve feels like a joke because even though 2012 was the worst year of our lives, Ty was here in 2012. I don’t want to put that “behind us.” 2013 is our first year without him, and there’s absolutely nothing happy about that. So no, there is no “happy new year” for the Campbell’s, but we will survive. We will keep smiling. We will keep looking up for ladybugs, falling leaves and rainbows. I hope I continue to see him everywhere.
Some recent signs from Ty... While I was snowboarding yesterday, I was thinking of Ty the whole way down this beautiful wooded trail (and every trail). It was just me and him and the beautiful snowy trail and a huge, beautiful falling leaf cut right across my path. The only one I saw all week, because all of the trees on the mountain are evergreens or bare by now. Also, when Lou and I were at the top of the mountain at Whistler, we were greeted by some pretty amazing rainbows in the sky. It's hard to see in the photo when it's this small, but there are a couple of them here. I know these things happen on a very normal and frequent basis, but I also know that Ty is with us, and I love feeling his presence in the beautiful things I see every day. It shouldn't be this way. It should be his beautiful smile that I'm seeing every day instead, but my desperate, aching heart will take any bit of my Ty that I can get.
A couple of weeks ago, we received the most incredible package. It was a project treasure box, and it is filled with notes from so many of Ty's supporters. Lou and I were overwhelmed by all of the love, and so surprised by the gift. It was wonderful and it truly is a treasure. We put it on the table and haven't had the strength to read your letters, but tonight we decided to start reading them aloud to one another. Just a few each night. So we can go to sleep feeling warm and happy about how far Ty's story has gone, and how many lives he touched in such beautiful ways. Thank you all so very much.
Please continue to share Ty’s story. We hope to have a website up and running for the foundation this month, and I can’t wait to share it with you all. Please keep sending us your stories about how Ty has inspired you, and pictures of your kids being kids in honor of Ty. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.