Oh Richie - how I remember the last time we saw you - this picture stands in my mind. You were so self assured handsome that day. I laugh as I remember when you were dancing with dana whose wedding it was and you said to her you think everyone is looking at you but they are really looking at me.
How handsome you were in your Dress Uniform with your Calvary hat which Nan bought for you. Now it hangs with your swords in a case.
My only solace is that you were the happiest you ever had been at that time. You died being who you wanted to be. To this day we still hear Richie stories and I never can get enough of them.
This Saturday Nan is taking the whole family out to eat for Uncle Steves and Aunt Sue's birthday - you will be in heaven with Pop celebrating his. I am sorry I cant go to church Saturday nite as the mass intention is for you but some of my friends will be going in my place - I am blessed with good friends. I know you will understand that I need to be with our family Saturday nite - you know and understand the whys and please watch over us all.
Oh Richie Riley is soooo you. thank god for her; she makes us laugh at her craziness just as you did. How I miss your sense of humor.
This is a long cold winter and thoughts of you are constant of how you loved ice hockey and tailgating at the jets game in the cold weather. And now how I laugh when I hear about the new show about the Jersey Shore - God I remember your stories; remember when MTV followed you guys around that summer.
Well I havent written in awhile but that sometimes is my mechanism to pretend this is all a nightmare but it isnt and each day proves it.
Remember we love you and miss you each moment of the day.
Your cousins have stepped up to the plate to do things with her which you would be doing. We are all spoiling her rotten but we are entitled right!!
So I am off to try to sleep only to wake up at some point and think of you and ask why. One day I wont have to ask the question but for now know I love you with all my heart and miss you with all my broken heart.