Dance your heart away – and cry a little too

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Ah picture day at dance! Two years ago the picture on the left was taken 2 hours after their dad had passed away.

During Marlon’s final days he never wanted me to leave his side, but on May 6th, 2013 I told him that tomorrow (May 7th, 2013) – I would have to leave for a few hours to help the girls get dressed for their dance recital pictures. I’ll never forget the look on his face when he asked “what time do you need to leave by?” I responded “2pm.” He said “don’t worry you’ll make it” – and he smiled.

The following day he passed away at 11:22am, and I spent the next few hours with his lifeless body just staring at him. And then at precisely 2pm – the nurse walked in to inform me that it was time for me to leave.

I remember looking at my sister and smiling because that was the very time I told him I needed to leave to get my girls ready for their pictures.

I arrived home with a gaping hole in my heart – but found the strength to take my girls to get their pictures taken. I kept a smile amongst all the people that already knew of my husband’s death by way of facebook – and I was so grateful that no one gave any indication to my daughters that their father had passed. Later that night I did the hardest thing I have ever done in my life in letting my children know that their father was gone.

The picture on the right are my girls today smiling and thriving.

May 7th – was the day my heart broke into a million pieces, but it’s also the same day that my spirit was awakened.

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