"If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you made me smile, I would have the whole night sky in the palm of my hand."
See that handsome guy above? That's my nephew, Terry Carrigan.
I could write so very many words about Terry and tell you so many stories about Terry, but right now the words won't materialize.
For reasons known only to God, Terry passed away in his sleep the morning of Sunday August 20th, the day after our Family Reunion. Our world has been rocked and while we all know Terry wouldn't want us to be sad and mourn, it's impossible not to do just that.
The memory that stays with me (which I hope I never forget) is of Terry and his girlfriend of 9 years Nichole spending Saturday night with us at our hotel while we laughed and joked and enjoyed each other's company. My last words to Terry were "Good night honey...I love you...I'll see you at breakfast in the morning".
As happy as that night was, the sadness experienced the next morning was indescribable. Life without Terry doesn't seem like much of a life. But it's what we're left with and we really have no choice but to go on living.
Thanks to all of my friends and friends of our family who have called, written, prayed and thought good thoughts for me, for my family, for my Sister Diane, Terry's Mom, Terry's brothers Patrick & Casey, his Dad Patrick and especially for Terry's partner Nichole.
We're all in a world of hurt and I still can't believe Terry's gone. It's just too cruel of a concept that someone this wonderful could be taken from us.
Thanks Terry, for all your lovely smiles and the way you filled our lives and hearts with your love. We'll miss you for the rest of our lives.