A Mother’s Perspective — By Traci Rico

A Mother’s Perspective On The First Birthday Without Her Son

Written by Traci Rico

Every year on Tanner’s birthday, I would wake him up, cuddle him, and tell him the story of when he was born. When he was younger, he’d ask questions as I told him his story. As he got older and heard the story for so many years, he’d chime in and add to the story with details he remembered me telling him over the years. Today, I woke up, and his room is quiet. I sit and cry in his dark room, wishing I could hold him again. Wishing I could tell him the story again and he’d ask questions about his day. So I focus on the joy he gave me for 18 plus years. I focus on the love I never knew I had until I became a mom. I focus on his memory and legacy. It’s a hard day because our family loved big. We will cry more today but also love and laugh through our tears, because Tanner taught us that. Happy Heavenly birthday my son. I love you to heaven and back and always will.

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