OLIVE “LUCY” KAWECKI~WHEN SAYING HELLO MEANT SAYING GOODBYE
We love “Lucy” day. Today marks what would have been “Lucy’s” 12th Birthday. I would like to take this time to dedicate this day in her memory. As I reflect on that day when saying hello, also meant saying goodbye my heart fills with a bittersweet joy along with sadness. My heart goes to our granddaughter’s parents ~ Christine & Watson, and siblings ~ Owen-Samuel & Opal Lenore.
I draw on that day and the day she was laid to rest. Might I share a few of those moments. Flying out to New York to greet a new lil one, cradling her in my arms as I prayed “breathe” please just “breathe”. Observing my daughter in a most heart wrenching time and yet a beautiful moment where she has her now forever family. Witnessing a blessing where she is given her name Olive Lucy Kawecki, going home to an apartment and thinking how I can help my daughter through the great loss of a child.
I was so privileged to have been able to cradle her in my arms to take those family pictures. I remember the phone call to family, watching our son and daughter work together to prepare a great tribute to this angel who has left too soon, feeling helpless, knowing I have no answers but also knowing that one day all questions would be answered.
A funeral service that was beyond beautiful sisters drawn close to each other, Tata, Joey and two others playing the Ukulele singing a song that Tata sang always to “Lucy’s” mom and siblings “You Are My Sunshine” along with a couple of “clowns” as only our friends and family would understand. Another sibling reading a story to “Lucy” as only an educator would, the story “Peanut” a Scholastic book and a great story, another sister who had just given birth herself not more than two months prior, family surrounded to help sustain our family unit. An empty crib. The tiniest casket I have ever seen, a dad of his loving daughter carrying her lil casket to her final resting place.
I know this may seem sad, but I also know that without these memories we would not remember what an amazing lil girl she is and how she still to this day touches many lives. May she always know that we love her, that we know she lives yet today in His presence. I look forward to the day that I will see her again in her beautiful resurrected body. She was beyond perfect and did not need to prove herself worthy to return to His presence she was already Perfect. May I never forget the warmth of her tiny body, the beauty she is in her tiny body, the short life she has reminded me daily that we will see each other again someday and that this separation is but a short time.
Lucy, may you know we miss you baby, that your mommy and daddy love you always, your lil brother Owen is amazing and smart, your lil sister Opal is such great joy and is so preciously beautiful and smart. I can only imagine that you helped pick them out to send them to your mom and dad. There are many signs that we know of your presence. I can only pray that I live worthily in this life that I might be able to see you again someday. Happy Birthday sweet sweet angel baby girl on this your 12th Birthday. We love you; we miss you; we will never forget you. “Olive Lucy” we Love you always, Nana & Tata