I can't allow myself to dwell on what Cooper and Katie are missing in Steve's absence -- his humor, advice, stories, laughter. The presence and love and steady influence of their devoted father in the home.
Yet there are moments that Steve's absence is especially obvious to me. Today, for instance -- freshman orientation for Cooper at the brand-new high school less than a mile from our home.
Can you imagine how proud Steve would have been to walk into the building with his charming, handsome, 6-foot-2 son? How tickled he would have been to walk into the band hall or to hunt down Cooper's locker in the C Hall?
|Cooper at Reedy High School|
|Steve, baby Katie, Cooper and Tyra, walking to Bledsoe, August 2006|
|Cooper at meet-the-teacher night, kindergarten, August 2006|
|Tyra, Shannon and Kelly at today's parent meeting|
We've got four years of special moments ahead -- marching at football games, cross country meets, dances, dates, science projects, graduation. Then Katie will start the cycle all over again.
|Katie, Tyra and Cooper, August 2015|