October 9, 1964 I gave birth to my first child, a wonderfully beautiful son named Joey. I have to smile when I type his name Joey–I was the only one who he would allow to call him that as he got older. I smile at a lot of things about that boy. He was a very kind, loving son, very smart, but sadly he never believed that. Oh how I wish he had believed me and the many other people who reminded him often of his talents and his abilities.
Joey is now my angel in heaven, having died at his own hands 11 years ago. October 9, 2013 would have been his 49th birthday. How I wish he were here to celebrate it with his family. I know there would have been a lot of teasing about his age and reminders that he was almost 50 and all the usual stuff families tease about. He would have loved it! He would have had a few things to say about that and I know he would have let his brother and sister know that they should be careful what they say because they would very quickly be 50 themselves. 🙂 I can picture it in my mind clearly!
What gets me through the birthdays and the holidays, is all the memories of times spent with him as he grew up to be a man and until his death, plus the support of the Lord Jesus and, of course, the love of friends and family. I am very thankful that Joey did accept the Lord as his savior a few years before his death, so I have the blessing of knowing that when it comes my time to be called home by God, i will be reunited with my firstborn child.
Happy Birthday in Heaven Joey! I love you!
With Love from Mom