Yesterday, I kneel and reached into the back of the closet for a bag. One that I placed there when I first moved in. It contains items that I kept from my time with Papi. I found the business card that he gave me at our first lunch date. I didn’t know it was a date at the beginning but at the end, I was already falling in love with him.
The bag also holds the books he signed for me and three frame photos. Papi took the photos one summers day in my living room as I laid on the sofa before him. They are intimate pictures where my body was cast into a shadowy light by the blinds. Sometime later I framed them and put them in my bedroom. They have been in the closet since my move to Virginia three years ago.
Today, I took placed them on a table where I will be able to see them. It feels good to see them and remember how he saw me.
To remember that he loved me and I loved him.
I will remember Papi everyday that I am alive. I will never stop missing him or loving him.
I will remember Papi as a great man, but not a perfect man.
I will remember that we loved each other more than the other knew.
I will remember him every time a play or movie takes me on a journey.
I will remember him walking around Lake Eola with him.
I will remember seeing him smile the full intensity of his gaze melting me.
I will remember how he hated writing but was phenomenal at it.
I will remember how he took care of his partner and loved her like no other.
I will remember him whenever I think of New York or walk its streets.
I will remember him when the pain of his loss weighs on me until tears release it again.
I will remember him…as I loved him with each and every breath of my being.