This weeks "Retro Weekend" is a bit bittersweet for me. I've had it planned now for several weeks but had no idea that the closer it got to Easter, the harder this post would be for me to do.
You see this Easter Sunday is also my first born son's birthday. Frank was born on April 4th 1978. The hard part about this post is that it is the first birthday for him that his Grandma Ann won't be with him.
Frank was four years old in the above photo. That shirt was the very first article of clothing that he ever picked out on his own. We found it at J.C. Penny and he just had to have it. Look at those beautiful blue eyes!
Frank was always a good boy. Oh you know he'd get into little fights with his little sister here and there but really he was a good, good boy.
I had such a difficult time choosing photos of him. There were so many. Frank had a habit of just nodding off in the strangest places. One time it was on a neighbors porch, another time it was under a table. I think I took lots of photos of him sleeping!
Franks son Jack looks so much like he did as a boy. I only wish for his son to be as good a son to him as Frank was to me. He rarely gave me a problem and almost always did as I told him to do, unlike his two sisters. Girls can be trouble!
My son is and always was a hard worker. I am proud to say that he has worked and paid for everything that he's ever had including his first truck at the age of 17. He eventually ended up selling it for a profit! He has owned several vehicles since and owned two homes. Mom was always so proud of him. Every time he bought a newer vehicle mom would ooh and awe over it!
Frank met his wife Amy in high school. I remember this day vividly. It was senior prom 1996 and I said to my son "This will probably be the last time I see you in a tux until you get married!". Little did I know then that was the truth! And mom was there for all of the dances and all of the graduations. She was always there.
The next major event in my son's life was his and Amy's wedding day. Mom was there for that too. Frank is a handy guy and my husband taught him to never be afraid to try something new. Frank has learned how to fix many things over the years. He is a lot like me in many ways. One of which is that he has trouble sitting still!
This picture was taken on Jacks birthday. Almost two years ago. I am thankful that mom was there for both Jack and Sarah's birthdays.
Frank was very close to his Grandma Ann. He would often help her around her house with things that needed to be fixed, even when he was busy.
This will be our first Easter without mom and Frank's first birthday without her here with us. He won't say anything. But I know that he will be remembering her as I am now.
For me tomorrow is going to be a tough day. Mom loved Easter. I do too but this year I just don't feel it. But I will do as my mom would do, put on a happy face and be thankful for my beautiful family.
Happy Birthday my beautiful son.