Tuesday, August 18, 2009

It's Patrick's turn!

Have I ever told you how sweet Patrick was? (I HATE to say...... was!) These pictures are evidence of what a sweet spirit he had. I hardly ever had to discipline Patrick because he was pretty compliant. When he was young he was easy.....then he grew up and got a mind of his own! His sweet spirit never left though, God gave him that! Patrick was kind to his brothers and kind to others. One of the last things that I remember that he did was to deliver breakfast burritos to the firemen in Yorba Linda who were fighting the terrible fires we experienced last year!


Juanly said...

I never thought that my heart could break so much by reading words from people that I don't even know. But oh god, my heart just truly breaks when I think what you and Erynn have been going through.

I don't know why such horrible things have to happen or what the lesson is supposed to be. I do know that when we have gone through hell and then emerge from it, we are different people than what we were. I know that I miss Bill and Patrick, and I never even met them. But they made the world a better place.

Debi, I am just so sorry. I wish, I wish that there was something that I could do to make the pain go away for you...but I just feel so helpless knowing that there is just nothing that I can do or say.
But thanks for sharing...you are indeed blessed among women to have had such a wonderful husband and son. And you still have them...don't ever forget that. They are experiencing the next stage of life that we all will experience someday. The love that you shared is still there. That can never be lost. Take care.

Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie,

An old boss here at Boeing sent me a note before he retired, something that he said he worked to "Live up too"......It's called the "True Gentleman", by -John Walter Wayland. When I read it, I think of Patrick. Here it is........

The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety, and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies; who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of his inferiority or deformity; who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another; who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power, or boast of his own possessions or achievements; who speaks with frankness but always with sincerity and sympathy; whose deed follows his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others, rather than his own; and who appears well in any company, a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe.


Jennifer said...

Such sweet pictures! Your sons sure were handsome little boys!

And I love your blog background. It looks great.

Amber said...

Love these memories and the Bill tourist one!

Erynn said...

I am literally laughing out loud at this photo! I have never seen it before but this is SO him. I love it and miss it so much. OMG I am still laughing.

Erynn said...

ps: Patrick doesn't look too thrilled about Sean in that 1st pic.

The Perry Fam said...

Debi, there are no words to express the sorrow I continue to feel for you and Erynn on a daily basis. I too wonder if these "feelings" will get better. I know the loss I feel is minuscule compared to yours, but I just wanted to let you know that my heart is hurting along with yours. You are not alone. xoxoxoxoxo <3

Anonymous said...

These photos are the definition of "bittersweet" for me.

I think of you and your family often.


Courtney said...

What a great guy Patrick seemed to be from the start. I see so much of Will in him too!

Debi said...

Heath....I appreciate the words you've left. They're beautiful! THANK YOU! They are words to keep and refer to again and again. Send thanks to your old boss from me!

Amber said...

what a wonderful son you raised! it's so evident in how much he is loved and missed. i didn't know him, but what a blessing that would have been.

i'm so sorry for your loss. God bless you!

Amber W.

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