This photo was taken in Hawaii when Jamie was only a couple of months old (by my friend Maggie Kunkel). It remains one of my favorite photos of him. What a way to start life, hanging out on a warm Honolulu beach! His whole life lay ahead of him. Of course his whole life didn’t last nearly as long as any of us had imagined at the time. Jamie was born on this day, May 24, 19 years ago. As there are forward-looking illusions, so are there rearview mirror illusions. It seems it is human nature to imagine what someone who died would have been like now- especially if that loved one died very young. It’s hard not to paint a picture in my mind about how things might be, but I must be honest. I really have no idea what Jamie would be doing right now. It brings home again that all we really have is this moment- right now. And, in this present moment, I am deeply loving and appreciating the precious spirit that was, is and will be my son, Jamie Morgan Mychael Bratton-McNeeley.