On one of my mom's visits she brought Flying Wish Paper with her. She thought it would be a neat thing for the kids to do. They drew pictures and she lit their papers and they lifted off in the air to 'fly'. They had fun with it and there were plenty of papers left over to use for another time.
I had forgotten about that paper until I was trying to think of what to do to mark the 1- year anniversary of my father's death.
That evening we got out the Flying Wish Paper and sent our notes up to Heaven to my father; their Pepere.
I was really touched by what Kayla and Lucas came up with to write on their paper.
Lucas wrote, "Lucas loves Pepere so much that I can not forget you."
He was only 4 when my father passed away. I wonder how much of my dad he will actually remember. Kayla was 9 so she had a little bit more time to make memories with my dad, but I was 8 when my dad's mother passed away and my memories are very few and faint of her. I know we have to just keep talking about my dad and looking at his pictures to keep his memory alive for my kids.
Kayla's note said, "Dear Pepere, I like you. Don't die. Don't get in the coffin ok? I like you Pepere."
I know Kayla knows that he did in fact die, and he is in a coffin - they were there for the funeral. So I wonder if she was actually trying to express that she wished he didn't die, but she didn't know how to say that.