Sean, I am sorry you are missing this Christmas and all the fun and joy you would have had with Clio and your friends, and us. We miss you terribly, of course. Your mum and I console ourselves with the idea that it was meant to be … that it is all part of a greater scheme.
This seems to make sense … for one thing, we have always been spiritual people and believed in higher powers. We talk about the peaceful way you left, and the timing, and many other details that point to a purpose and a plan.
We speculate that at some unconscious level of your mind you may have known that your time in this world would be short, and that was why you had such an amazing lust for life, which made so many people love you.
They loved you too for your charm; your charisma; your good looks; your sweet, humorous and loving nature. You were something else … something special. There will never be another like you, Sean. You were great company – a great son and, more and more, a great friend to us.
As well as all those qualities, I admire you for your courage in facing the world head-on, and living your life to the full. You made it look easy, but it can’t always have been easy. It took guts.
You pushed the boundaries. You didn’t compromise if you could help it. At times that didn’t make it easy to live with you, but we have no regrets. We know we were good parents, and we know that you thought so too – that you respected us and were grateful for the way we brought you up. You worshipped your mother.
I admire you for the way you treated people. Many have spoken of what a good friend you were to them, how you helped them when they needed help, how you gave them good advice, how you never held a grudge. Clio has told us how good and loving and supportive you were towards her. I am proud of you for that.
You saw the good in people … you could see into people, past their age, appearance and so on. You would chat to anyone. You didn’t judge people, and you encouraged others to be as tolerant as you were. You believed in peace and love, and (as you said yourself) the power of the human mind. You were outspoken in sharing those beliefs.
I will write much more about you, in verse and in prose, but I know that all the words in the world could never do you justice. I only knew part of you … nobody knew all of you, not even you yourself. But you had managed to find out a lot about yourself in your 7,021 days. Well done.
Thank you for everything you gave us. You enriched our lives more than words can say. We loved having you. It was a wonderful, wonderful time of our lives. I will think of you every day for the rest of my life. You know I will. At present I think of you every minute.
You are a hero to me, and I will love you always.