To say the last nine months have been tough is an understatement. Some days I wonder if I'm going to survive this. But consistently, on those days when life feels the most unbearable, at just the right moment, I'll receive a text from a friend letting me know they are thinking of me. Other times, a picture of a willow tree shows up on Facebook or my phone with the note "made me think of you and Jack". The notes, pictures and reminders of Jack - what I like to call "Jack-Winks", are without question what have carried me through this last year. Thank you for sharing your Jack-Winks and please keep them coming. I'm really going to need a lot of Jack-Winks to carry me through the upcoming months that include Jack's birthday, the holidays and the first anniversary of Jack's death.
Here are some of the Jack-Winks that have been shared with me over this last year:
South Dakota willow tree from my friend Katie.
Austin, Texas willow tree from my friend Barb.
Atlanta, Georgia - shared by my friend Erica.
Sedona cairn - from Erica
My friend Jean traveled to Spain to walk the Camino de Santiago.
She placed Jack's stone along the Camino.
Jean shared this willow tree - Astorga, Spain.
Willow tree and my friend Ben at Eckerts Apple Orchard in Illinois (I think).
On a day when I was having a rough morning at work and had just walked out of the office because I couldn't get the tears under control, a text message came across my phone with this picture and the message "thinking of you and Jack" from my friend Ali in St. Louis. When I told her that her timing was perfect, she responded with "I believe I was prompted by an angel." A definite Jack-Wink!
From the campus of Washington University Medical School/St. Louis Children's Hospital - my friend Jenny sent me this picture and asked, "Is this Jack's tree?" Yes, this is unofficially Jack's Tree at Wash U/SLCH!
Connecticut willow tree - thanks Christina!
Bethesda, Maryland "Jack banner" from my friend Diane.
Inching Onward with the help of all the shared Jack-Winks. xo