Shiya has been having a great time in New Hampshire with his relatives, but especially enjoying his cousins. Â There’s an ease with cousins that can be different than the relationship even with a close friend. Â And Jonah and Orion have really been looking out for Shiya, including him in their play, taking care of him.
Tomorrow we will head to Boston and spend a night in a hotel before leaving from Logan on Thursday morning. Â (We were supposed to fly out to Richard and Christa’s engagement party in St. Louis on Monday but got snowed in). Â I’ve been trying to connect with one of our favorite nurses while we are in Boston and was writing her the following email when Shiya walked into the room.
I am guessing that we won’t be able to see you if you get off at 10am but could definitely see you if you get off at 2:30pm. Â We could meet up at the hotel in Cambridge, or a kid friendly place, or Shiya and I could come up to the 10th floor at MEEI. Â I think it might be nice for him to see Ayrie’s ‘Boston hospital’ but also not sure if it would be confusing for him. Â Maybe he would think that Ayrie is going to be there?
So I asked Shiya if he wanted to go to Ayrie’s Boston hospital and he said yes. Â I told him, “Ayrie won’t be there though.”
“Why?” Â he asked.
“Because Ayrie died and he’s not at the hospital anymore.”
Shiya climbed up into my lap and put his head on my chest. Â “I want Ayrie to come back soon,” he said softly.
“I know sweetie,” I said, running my hands through his hair. Â Trying to soothe him. Â Trying to soothe myself as I held him.
“I want Ayrie to come back soon,” he repeated until he fell asleep in my arms.