There was one person that has been on my mind since the second Hudson came in to this world. This person is the person I thank everyday for bringing him in to our lives, and he is the one person that I desperately wanted Hudson to meet...but their introduction would be quite different from any other introduction he would receive on our trip, and it was an introduction that I wanted to have for the both of us to relive over and over again.
Here is one of my favorite life moments, the moment that my favorite little boy, meets one of my favorite men.
His Great Grandfather, my Grandfather.
This moment was so bittersweet for me. It was a moment that was so near to my heart and made me so happy that I was able to share it with not only my son, but my sister, but I would be lying if I said it wasn't hard. It is always a spear in my heart when I visit his graveside, because he was so young when he passed (58) and he could be here, living this life, and loving on this little boy with me, but God had other plans for us, and him.
I have made a promise to myself a long time ago that I would do everything in my power to make something great of myself, to make him proud of the person I have become, and to use my weakness in his death as my strength to not let his death remain in vain. I wanted to be a success and live my life with him in mind. I have recently made a new promise to myself since Hudson entered this world and that is to love him the way my Grandfather loved us, unconditionally.
I will also strive every day to teach my son to be the strong willed person he was. I want Hudson to know him through me, I want to be the prime example of the kindness he shared, the way his warm heart touched everyone he came across, to show him what hard work looks like, and how he always lived for others.
He was and will always be my life lesson, not only to myself, but more importantly Hudson.