Saturday, May 2, 2015

"All that matters is love."

Julie Van Stone and her son Rowan cherish the memory of  Rowan's Dad, Joseph, through stories and scrapbooks filled with pictures and postcards. In order to give his son a good life, Joseph had joined the Navy and later earned two Master's degrees. While away at school, he sent his son letters and postcards from each state he passed through while driving across the country from his school to his home. Then Joseph unexpectedly died. Rowan knew he would not receive any more cards. And he never did, until recently.

Just a few days before the second anniversary of Joseph's death, a card arrived in the mail dated June 10, 2007. "Hello from Pennsylvania," it said. "I love you and I miss you so much. See you soon, Love, Daddy."

Nobody is sure why it took the card eight years to arrive in Rowan's mailbox, but Julie considers it the final goodbye Joseph never gave Rowan when he died. Joseph's last words to Julie were, "Everything is a circle. We will see each other again. All that matters is love."

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