At Tyler’s birthday party last month, I lost my train of thought in emotion and messed up my story, so wanted to redeem myself with my Tyler story. Tyler texted me in late July to see if she could come visit and meet my son Capson in Rocky Mount on her way to Nags Head for family vacation. I was so excited to see her since it had been a while, and told her to please come ANYTIME EXCEPT 2-4 since I would be at a baby shower. Knowing Tyler, what do you think she did? She tried to come at 2.. of course. I laughed it off knowing it was Tyler, and that I’d see her another time. When I learned of the incident, I kicked myself over and over again for not just skipping the baby shower to see her, but who would’ve known… and I couldn’t change the past. I’m sure many of you have had these “I wish I had seen her one last time” moments. The night of her death, as I was rocking my son to sleep, I truly felt her with us.. and since then, I have felt her with me in many moments. There is a new hummingbird in my backyard that started greeting me the day after her death and every couple of days. The hummingbird, among many other beautiful moments in nature I’m now noticing, is Tyler’s way of reminding me to take in every wonderful thing around me, to enjoy each day and to TRY to not sweat the small stuff (not always easy for me, but good to try!). Yesterday, a month after Tyler’s death, we had to make the tough decision of putting our sweet golden retriever Pritchard to sleep. I find comfort in knowing that Tyler greeted him in heaven and that he will provide HER great joy and companionship in swimming and climbing the beautiful mountains of heaven. Tyler, thank you for the wonderful childhood memories, and now, for the beautiful reminders of living life to the fullest.
I entered Milly into the 2015 Garden & Gun Good Dog Photo Contest. Poor Milly isn’t always the most photogenic because of her dark fur, but I think this is picture is a winner. If she gets the most votes, she will be featured in the magazine as why she is a Good Dog. And I think we all know why she is the BEST dog.
You can vote one time per computer/phone every 24 hours until October 15th.
The cards, emails, texts, phone calls, and social media posts over the past weeks have truly been remarkable. It means so much to me and my family to receive so much love from so many. Thank you. It is helping.
God and sweet Tyler’s presence and spirit have been very close to me and I wanted to share some of my experiences with you.
One of our favorite activities with TetonTy was sitting on the porch of the yellow house on Hansen Avenue, where we spent many nights (wee hours of the morning) over-serving ourselves with red wine. In between gossip, Tylerisms, and deep life conversations, we stumbled upon the idea of running with her in the 2012 Marathon. Because we weren’t quite “Turbo-Tyler,” we decided to create a team of four that would run beside her. Together with Margie Boyd and Sarah Hirsch, we were defeated by Tyler, even though we only had to run 6-mile intervals.
I spent a lot of time in the car with Tyler. I thought I’d share the songs that tested the physical limits of her car speakers. She always sang along and she impressed me with her pitch. I told her that often but she never believed me.