It is devastating to stand before his glowing and shatter him with the words he knows are coming. "Grandpa GiGi's funeral is on your birthday." An apology is only words to a boy so set on sticking a candle in his decade here. Big plans and two digits reduced to shadow in this living that has only been about dying for so long now.
There are miracles floating about. I call them sister. He calls them aunt. They gave him the celebration that circumstance almost stole away and I will be always and forever grateful for their selfless offering when I had nothing left to give.