The leaves are starting to appear on the trees. The tulips have been blooming. The ice cream truck is starting to make its rounds. Kay’s pizza is open but Bryon won’t be eating any sausage, pepperoni and onion pizza. Because Bryon is dead.
Summer will come. Bryon won’t be going to any baseball games. Bryon won’t be watching any fireworks. Because Bryon is dead.
Our birthdays will come and go. But Bryon won’t be here to celebrate. He won’t be buying a ridiculous toy for our daughter and he will not be here to scheme on how to bring a three-year-old’s birthday party to the next level. Because Bryon is dead.
Our anniversary will pass and Bryon and I won’t celebrate. Because Bryon is dead.
Fall will come. My favorite season. Leaves will change color. But Bryon won’t eat any apple cider donuts or take our daughter trick or treating. Bryon won’t be here to cheer for his Buffalo Bills. Because Bryon is dead.
The air will get colder and snow will fall. Christmas cards will be sent. But Bryon won’t be attending any Christmas parties or watching our daughter open any Christmas presents. Because Bryon is dead.
Our daughter is talking up a storm. She has graduated from the “No” stage into the “Why?” stage. “I do myself” has been appearing in her vocabulary and it should be no surprise that it takes five times as long to leave the house. And Bryon isn’t here to talk to her because he is dead.
Three weddings are coming up. And Bryon won’t be here to celebrate them. He won’t be making friends with bartender and he won’t be grumbling as I drag him out for a slow dance. He won’t be ranting to me if 1 Corinthians is read. Because Bryon is dead.
All of our TV shows are in the next season and are sitting on our DVR unwatched because Bryon is dead.
Friends continue to get together. But Bryon isn’t there to tell funny stories and make us laugh. Because Bryon is dead.
My clothes have taken over the closet. Bryon’s clothes are no longer hanging up. They sit in garbage bags in the garage waiting to be brought to Goodwill. Because Bryon is dead.
The world will continue to go on without Bryon. People will get married. Babies will be born. People will fall in love. People will fall out of love. Houses will be bought and sold. People will get promoted and switch jobs. People will travel to far off places. Sports teams will win and lose. Elections will happen. And Bryon will still be dead.
Our daughter will start school. She will become who she is going to be and hopefully be ready for adulthood. She will find out what interests her. She will fall in love. She will travel to far off places. She will hopefully attain a higher level of education. Hopefully she will become a productive member of society. And Bryon will still be dead.
The world goes on and Bryon is still dead.