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I went down to a favorite place of ours to watch the space shuttle fly past.
I ended up having to wait 2 hours, and almost gave up and left because I was having such a hard time being there. Then this woman came over to me and asked if I was ok, that I looked so sad. I told her I was, just lots of memories. She told me she understood that her husband died in February and she was only there to watch the space shuttle because it was something he would have loved to see.
I told her that was the same reason I was there. That Patrick would have camped out there over night if he could have just to make sure he didn't miss anything.
We got to talking and she told me she met Patrick at a blood drive a couple of years ago. She said she doesn't remember anyone else from that day, but the fact that Patrick was waiting for a heart transplant and still taking the time to help others made her sit back and think. She told me that because of him she tried to be a little less selfish and put an effort into making time to volunteer around town.
We also talked about Donate Life and what its all about. She thought it was amazing that my 13 yr old and my 10 yr old took the classes to become Donate Life Ambassadors to share their dad's story, but also educate people on the importance of organ donation.
I've been having a hard time the last couple of days. I've been very down, and cried a lot. Talking to this woman and knowing that Patrick made a lasting impression on her made me feel so much better. It also brought back so many good memories about why I love him so much.