My birthday was on Wednesday, it was perfectly rainy and gloomy. It suited my mood. Today is Ty's birthday. He would be seven years old. Today is also pouring rain. I've been checking the weather all week and there are raindrops from start to finish today. It's perfect. A muddy puddle kind of day just for Ty.
Please remember Ty today, and let your kids do whatever they want (well, almost). It's Saturday. Let them make a mess in muddy puddles, Bake cookies. Use fingerpaint. Let them have ice cream for breakfast and make smiley face pancakes for dinner. Ty would think that is so funny. Take pictures and upload to the website here. http://muddypuddlesproject.org/be-part-of-the-project/
When I just visited the muddy puddles site a second ago to copy and paste the link above, the random security word that appeared on the JotForm was "birthday." How crazy is that?!?!?
And if you want to donate in his memory, please help Lou meet his fundraising goal from the recent TYathlon. He finished the race with great time last weekend, and it was such a beautiful day. Ty's spirit was there, cheering everyone on, and he is so proud of the work we do at the Foundation. I know this to be true. Thank you so much to all the incredible athletes who came out to support the foundation on race day. A special shout-out to Ty's Uncle Harry, who drove all the way up from Eastern Long Island to participate in the TYathlon, only to turn around afterward to compete in a half Iron Man in Montauk the very next day. What an amazing achievement!
This morning Gavin woke up extra early with such excitement. "It's Ty's BIRTHDAY!!! We have to wake up!!!" He had me pour a bowl of cereal for Ty, and left the chair empty between us for his brother to join us for breakfast. I could barely muster a smile until he started talking about how many marshmallows Ty had in his bowl when his were already almost gone (Lucky Charms was a special treat today). When he couldn't stand it anymore, he said, "Ty, can I sit there and share with you?" He climbed into the empty chair without pausing for an answer and went to town on the marshmallows. I thank God for Gavin every day, he makes me smile even on my saddest days.
We will sit in the rain and visit Ty's statue today. We'll watch videos of Ty and eat candy. We made some "random act of kindness" packages with gift cards to leave around town in his memory and we will let Gavin bake a cake so we can sing Happy Birthday to his brother tonight.
It's not the way it's supposed to be, but we will remember him always. It means so much to us that you remember him, too. Thank you. Happy Birthday, TY.