This blog has been started in loving memory of my son Charlie. If you’ve found yourself navigating to this website, then you probably know of the tragedy that struck my family on January 23, 2011. My loving, enthusiastic, vibrant, and cherished son Charlie suddenly and unexpectedly passed away at the age of 2 years and 10 months from complications of the flu. As of the start of this blog, it’s been 5 months since he went to heaven. My wife Vanessa and I struggle daily with the sudden loss of a perfectly healthy boy so full of life and personality. With the help of our faith, love for each other, the love and support of our family and friends, and our son Danny we are trying our best to move forward, but never away. We will never forget Charlie and one of my biggest fears is others forgetting him. Hopefully this blog will serve as a place for people to remember Charlie for what he was. A sharp kid with a pure heart.
The picture in the banner is Charlie’s first jump off a diving board. He confidently hopped on the board and ran off without hesitating. He was hooked after his first jump into the pool and spent the remainder of the day jumping off the diving board while I got cramps from treading water waiting to catch him.
*I cannot promise anyone much with this blog. All I am doing is relaying some of my thoughts, fears, and feelings after the death of my eldest son Charlie. Some of these posts may come across as angry, sad, or even happy. One may be alarmed at the rawness of my grief or surprised at the level of my acceptance. Each day is different and I ask for your patience with each ensuing post as my mood and outlook on life change as quickly and violently as the weather in Chicago.