In the bottom of the bag, was a key to our house. We wanted him to know that our offer to show up on our doorstep at any time wasn't just something we said, but something we meant.
|Devin and Coach Lee.|
|Lee Grocett from England, Paul Ryan from Northern Ireland, Kevin Moran from Scotland. Great guys.|
I may or may not have gone down to Ethan's room (where Paul had stayed for the week) and gotten emotional. I tried to wrap my mind around the thought of this kid, who we had only met seven days prior, and how he felt like my own son, or at least a much younger brother. Ten days before, Cody and I had been getting things ready around the house to make his stay comfortable. We got a few projects done that we had been putting off (just minor household things that seemed to get put on the back burner). Cody made the comment that even if the week with our coach was a bust, at least it gave us the impetus we needed to get a few things checked off our to-do list. But the week hadn't been a bust. At all.
I spent the rest of the day editing pictures and blogging. I decided that I wanted his parents to get to see his adventures with us during those seven days, so I started chronicling it before it left my memory. His family is seven hours ahead of our time, and they stayed up pretty late to read all of the blogs as I published them. His sister, Seana, sent me a short video of his mom and dad reading one of the blogs from their house in Belfast. It gave me a lot of joy knowing that I was helping them see that Paul had been taken care of and loved during his week with us. And he really was.
Some people come into our lives and make us better people for knowing them. Paul was that person for us, and we will forever cherish his time in our home and in our family. Crazy how things went from dread of the week ahead of us, to sadness when it was over. But hopefully it's not over for good. Come back to us someday, Paul. You will always have a place in our family.