April 25, 2011

Standing In the Rain

My Dear Stella,

I am so, so, so proud of you buddy. Despite all that you have endured over the past month, you have handled everything with so much strength. You have been shuffled between grandparents and aunties and friends, so many different people putting you to bed and singing you their own songs and feeding you and taking care of you. Knowing your love of regimen, I can only imagine how hard this must have been at times. You had to visit Mommy in the hospital, even when she didn't look like Mommy, with tubes sticking out of her neck and fifty pounds of fluids in her body. You have had to deal with constant tears and sadness, all for something you don't fully understand. The rain has come, and stayed, and you keep walking along and singing your songs. You are the bravest of all of us these days.




Anonymous said...

Josh, you are being such a wonderful Dad to Stella right now! Through your pain, Stella still sees the sun, partly because she is yet so young, but mostly because she loves her mommy and daddy unconditionally first! I was reminded of this song when I saw the picture of Stella in her rainboots. Stella is a big part of your healing journey. The words of the song even fit...

I'm singing in the rain
Just singing in the rain
What a glorious feelin'
I'm happy again
I'm laughing at clouds
So dark up above
The sun's in my heart
And I'm ready for love

Let the stormy clouds chase
Everyone from the place
Come on with the rain
I've a smile on my face
I walk down the lane
With a happy refrain
Just singin',
Singin' in the rain

Why am I smiling
And why do I sing?
Why does "right now"
Seem sunny as spring?
Why do I get up
Each morning and start?
Happy and head up
With joy in my heart
Why is each new task
A trifle to do?
Because I am living
A life full of you.

Unknown said...

We don't know each other but I wanted you to know how much this letter to your daughter touched my heart. You are an amazing dad. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Libby and David said...

Stella, you have amazing parents!

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