“Mom, I want Winnie, The Pooh and Tigger”, Luijoe’s eyes twinkled as he glanced at the well-loved Pooh Characters on the Goldilocks birthday themed cake book called “Kiddie Cakes”. I hugged him and stroked his head “So it will be Pooh and Tigger” for your sixth birthday celebration. “Hurray!” Luijoe cheered and jumped up with glee around the Goldilocks Bake Shop. The enchanting tales of Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Christopher Robin fascinated my little boy to no end and he wanted to share his delight to his classmates.
The big day soon arrived. It is July 13, 1999, Luijoe’s 6th birthday. The birthday celebration was held at his classroom during recess. His classmates “oohed and aaahed” with wonder as I removed the cake from the box.
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you…happy birthday, happy birthday, happy birthday Luijoe, the little girls and boys sang to their heart’s content knowing that after the blowing of the candle, they will be able to taste the sweet goodness of the mocha chiffon cake.
Blow the candles, Luijoe, I yell behind the camera eager to capture the moment.
Luijoe blew the lighted candles with all his might to celebrate his sixth birthday. The smile in his face gleamed all over the classroom as he watched his classmates hovering around the cake eager to take a bite of the delicious Goldilocks mocha Chiffon cake. What fun the kids had as they gleefully removed the cookies, and candies that dotted the brightly colored Pooh and Tigger themed cake. The icing on the cake now seemed too irresistible that each kid soon plastered their fingers with the sweet icing goodness and licked them off their fingers. “Yummy”, shrieked one kid.
“Now, now. Let’s eat the cake”, I announced to everyone. The look of their contented faces as they gobbled a slice of cake was priceless, enough to make my little boy smile all throughout the party.
Do you sometimes feel that you want to rewind and freeze a moment in time? And just hold on and savor that precious moment?
Luijoe’s smile is forever etched in my heart and in my box of treasured memories.
Today is July 13, 2009 but there is no birthday cake, no birthday presents, no birthday party and sadly, there is no birthday boy to celebrate his 16th birthday with. Luijoe’s life was taken away from us 11 months before his 7th birthday. Heart broken, it took me years before I could look back to these photos of his last birthday celebration. Tears still fall as I gaze at the photos of my beautiful boy, gone too soon.
One precious memory is his last birthday celebration. Through all these years, we kept Winnie, The Pooh and Tigger character of his last birthday cake, a remembrance of that day when Luijoe’s heart filled with happiness.
The memory of Luijoe continues to ring true in my heart and it means I can still celebrate his birth anniversary at home. What is a celebration without a cake! Of course, another Goldilocks cake but this time without a character theme. We got a Choco Cherry Torte and Cathedral Window.
As is our usual tradition, four candles are lighted at Luijoe’s memorial table. One candle represents our GRIEF, one for our COURAGE, one for our MEMORIES and one for our LOVE. Love Never Dies.
In my heart, my Luijoe lives on
Always there, Never gone
My precious son,
I know you left too soon
Though it may be true, that we are apart
You live forever
in my heart!
Today, we are celebrating the joy of Luijoe’s life, rather than the pain of his death.
You’re the 1 Goldilocks, because your yummy Winnie The Pooh birthday themed mocha cake brought so much joy to Luijoe ‘s 6th birthday celebration. You’re the 1 Goldilocks, because you are part of our treasured memories that can never be taken away even in death. You’re the 1, Goldilocks because you form part of this video tribute in honor of my son who last celebrated his birthday 10 years ago.