The Remembering Continues…
This weekend marks two events that coincided with John’s last weekend on this earth two years ago…and John III played a vital role in both.
The two events…The ALS walk and Minnetonka homecoming…will be forever connected to this time in our lives. John III had just started his freshman year at MHS and had decided to attend this Homecoming. Prior to this, I had been convinced that John had “hung on” to make it to our anniversary..when he realized that his firstborn was going to homecoming, I totally believed that he decided to stay and witness this event.
And so we went and bought the suit..with me knowing the whole time, that this would be the suite he wore to his Dad’s funeral. The corsage was ordered, the arrangements made… pictures taken. Before J3 left , John wanted me to get something from his dresser for him. It was a ring that his dad had given him. He wanted J3 to
have it. It was much too big for him that day (and still is) , so I have it safely tucked away. John was so proud of his son..he beamed as best he could.
It was a big event for all of us..
Earlier in the day, J3 and several of his buddies had set out on the annual ALS walk..with their lacrosse sticks in hand. Aunt Cheryl had made the trip with them and Team Schneider finished in great form. They came home, sat in the hot tub, and prepared for the Homecoming festivities to happen later that night.
It occurs to me that J3, in his own way, pays special tribute to his dad by making that walk on his own every year. He assembles his band of buddies and together they spend that time remembering that they “play for a reason” . At some point, Jake and I hope to walk with J3 (football), yet for now, I am heartened knowing that this is his time..his way..for his Dad.
So get the festivities in gear…parades, football, dinners, photos, party buses, suits and bonfires..banners, lacrosse sticks , t-shirts and teams..
John wouldn’t want it any other way….and neither would I.