Friday, February 6, 2015

That's Not Tommy ...

That's Not Tommy ...
By Gloria Faye Brown/ aka Granny Gee

 Tommy ... and his precious son ... (date is wrong on photo) ... My son, grandson ... Taban
 Tommy  ... and Taban ... My son, grandson
 Tommy ... and McKenzie ... My son, granddaughter
 Tommy ... Taban when he was born ... My son, grandson
 Tommy and Taban ... like father, like son ... My son, grandson
 Tommy 'crying' with Taban ... My son, grandson
 Tommy making Taban not cry ... being so silly ... My son, grandson
 Tommy and I, living at Lake Royale ... my photo damaged by housefire ... lucky to have it

 Tommy, my son, on the road ... big, gentle guy ... tough, only if had to be
 Tommy, my handsome son ... I was so proud of you
 My son, Tommy ... age 11 with me, Gloria Faye Brown Bates /aka Granny Gee
 Tommy, age 11... as tall as me, in this photo... my precious Son

Tommy, on the last day he lived on this earth ... hours before he collapsed on the beach, sand ... at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  May 29, 2010.


Tommy! My eyes follow the young man as he walks tall, proud ... he has on sunglasses ... hair, beard nicely trimmed. Big guy, gentle guy ... a force to be reckoned with, if pushed ... a big teddy bear any other time. I look down to my lap, where my hands clasp each other ... that's ... not Tommy. A tear falls on my hand ... I wipe it away.

The gate rattles, Tommy's coming through the gate. He's here to visit! I think I hear him speaking to the Pups. I am excited ... instead of going to meet him, I sit ... wait. The wait goes on ... I know it ... that's not Tommy.

I hear a soft voice, speaking ... it laughs. Tommy! Hey, that's my son, Tommy. My lips begin smiling, I feel sunshine in my eyes ... lightness in my Heart. I close my eyes, enjoy it as long as I possibly can ... because ... I can only 'hear, see' my son in other people, now. I pretend for a few minutes, 'just to see how happy it feels' ... then, real life sets in ...

That's not Tommy ...

Note:  These photos are my property, I own them/and story.  Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee ...     Remembering Tommy

1 comment:

  1. I can understand about seeing Tommy in other people for just a moment. I see my nephew sometimes in other people. Sometimes I see other people that favor my nephew a lot!! I have even seen people that look like him that even has the same eye glass frames that my nephew had---then the go-tee----the same size----so many things that look like my nephew but I know it isn't him because I know he was killed by a drunk driver. In a way, it gives me a glimpse of my nephew and then it saddens me and like you I have those diamond teardrops. I don't know what it is like to lose a child----I would never say that to anyone. I just know how it makes me feel to see someone that looks like my nephew. Love, Ms. Nancy