It’s been 2 years today since my nephew’s accident. I said to myself earlier that I wasn’t going to mention it on here but part of me feels like I have to do it. A couple of months ago, I would’ve sworn to myself that it’s been 3 years. Then when I realized it had been 2 years, I had to look it up to be sure. Seems in some ways like it’s been so much longer but it seems in some ways like it was yesterday. Guess it’s always that way when we lose someone we love.
Daniel was 26 when he died so this is obviously an old picture but it is so typical Daniel! Always smiling, never afraid to try anything. He definitely lived life to the fullest and enjoyed every minute of it — whether he was having fun or working. He wasn’t so much for working around the house with Dad but he loved his real job and put all he had into it.
Vince and my family mix like oil and water (which is ok for salad but not ok for family gatherings). Vince’s parents immigrated from Sicily and he just grew up totally different from how we did in southwest Louisiana. Vince isn’t much of joker and he just doesn’t know how to take my family. But, we were at Mom and Dad’s and I forgot what Daniel and I were arguing about . . probably whether Chad could go out with Daniel and his friends. That was always a source of contention with the two of us. Anyway, whatever was going on, Daniel and I were getting into this heated argument but it was all in fun. I can’t remember what was said but whatever I told him I was going to do to him, his response was “I’ll kick your butt”. Vince walked in about that time and heard that statement and he said “It’ll be the last butt you ever kick”. Of course, that didn’t fit with the conversation Daniel and I were having but now every time I say “I’ll kick your butt”, Vince always says “It will be the last butt you ever kick”.
One day Chad asked me what I would say to Daniel if I could talk to him just one more time. I told Chad I would kick his butt. Chad’s response was “It will be the last butt you ever kick” which is true because the only way I can talk to Daniel again is in heaven! But, when I get there, I will kick his butt . . as soon as I find him! 🙂