Many of my friends and family who read this blog have asked how Heather
, Zack’s mom, is doing. I can’t assume to know how she copes on a day to day basis, but the Heather I see is courageous and kind. She is an amazing mother and friend and one fiercely determined lady. She is moving forward one day at a time, but she never forgets to look back.
Heather was on CBC television recently
speaking eloquently and thoughtfully about the loss of a child and she continues to share
Zack with us through her writing.
This weekend our family attended “Zack’s Family Dream Day
” at Lionel’s Farm. This is one of the many fundraising events spearheaded by Heather. This day was intended not only to raise money for Zack’s Dream Room
, but to honour Zack’s memory by spending time with friends and loved ones at a place that meant so much to Zack and his family.
Heather took a few minutes away from her “farm duties” and spoke. She expressed her gratitude to those who helped make the incredibly successful day a reality. She also shared her thoughts about the day, and about Zack. She said the only thing missing from the day was Zack. He would have loved every minute of this day at the farm, but she and her husband Paul felt his presence and knew he was there.
As a special tribute we blew bubbles. Zack loved bubbles. So we blew thousands of bubbles into the sky. Each drifting upwards, carrying our love and thoughts to Zack. Afterwards, Avery and her dad went ahead the car while my son and I lingered in the field. Just the two of us. Us and the two dozen animals in the petting zoo.
We both saw it at the same time. A solitary bubble floating near the goat pen.
“It’s Zack’s bubble,” my boy said. And he was right. This single bubble chose to ride a separate current of air away from the others, as if to visit the animals one last time. I quickly snapped a photo before it popped.
|Avery leaped into Heather’s arms as soon as she saw her.
Heather speaks often about “signs from Zack.” She and her boys find little signs from him every day. This bubble was a also sign, I’m sure of it.