Vic and I were graciously and royally waited upon at Salt Lake's number one restaurant, Cucina Toscana a few weeks ago, thanks to my dearest friend Justin Kinnaird. While partaking of our third course of the evening, the beautiful hostess approached our table with a small manila envelope. It was addressed to Mr. Jackson. She handed it to Vic and walked away. Thinking it was perhaps from Walter, the restaurant owner, or perhaps another patron, he inquisitively opened it. Much to his surprise, it was a letter from Lucy. Tears filled his eyes as he read the following words:
" Dear Daddy,
You are the best Daddy. You played with me and helped me fly. You made me laugh when you barked like a dogie. You treated me like a princess and mommy like a Queen. I chose you to be my Daddy and I am so glad I get to be in our family forever. I know that you love me, and I love you.
Mommy found out something very exciting today--one of my siblings gets to come to your home this Spring! I am preparing them and have told them that you are the best Daddy. I know that you will love them like you love me. I can't wait for you to meet him/her!
He walked to my side of the table,held out his hand and helped me up. We stood there in the middle of the restaurant and embraced as time stood still. We cried and kissed and silently thanked our Father in Heaven for this miracle. The sun was setting and reflecting off the windows in the Greek church across the street right into our blue eyes. It was a moment I will never forget.
To me, Lucy's tragedy feels like it happened yesterday. At the same time, I have been apart from her for an eternity. I am still learning how to have these feelings of anticipation and excitement for the new baby coexist with the grief I feel for Lucy. But this I know; Lucy is ok. She is happy. And she was with this child. She will never be replaced, but will live on in new ways through her sibling, through our lives and words. I am at peace. I am so grateful to Lucy for all the amazing gifts she gave me...and continues to give me.
Unfortunately, we didn't have our camera with us. This was snapped with our waiter's phone.
P.S. - Many of you have asked about the music in the slide show I previously posted. The composer is Scot Alan, and the album is called "Dreaming Wide Awake." More info can be found HERE. You can also find it on itunes. The two songs featured are "Home" and "Goodbye". Another great one is "Never Never Land."
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