My dearest Ray,
Today is normally a great day! You and my mom both share the same birthday 🙂 You always plan your “birth month” celebrations while I celebrate with my mom today over dinner and pancit (for long life, of course). This year, my heart is split down the middle. I am so happy and grateful to be alive and I am blessed to have my mom in my life. But I miss you, I miss you oh so much. Sometimes I’m so excited that you come across my thoughts and reminisce about all the memories. But others I think about how much it hurts that you’re not around. How I can’t call you on my way to work, how we’re not biking on the trail together, how I don’t see you at the AMN meetings, how I’m not getting texts from you every day about work and weekend plans…
Today, you would have been 27 years old. My favorite number 🙂 Today, all your loved ones will celebrate your life and all the amazing things you brought into our world. Your smile, positive outlook, your selflessness…the list can go on and on. But most of all, we’ll celebrate the love you showed and unconditionally gave to all of us. Today is about you – and how you will continue to live your message in our hearts so that more and more of us can experience it. Love and live life – EVERY.DAMN.DAY.
I love you Ray
PS. Here’s a Mixtape DJ Mikerawk put together for you. Happy birthday, my love. From your Assemble Fam.