Sweetie, let’s start by considering another question.
Where was Andy before you knew him?
That question sounds like an impossible riddle but there’s a deep truth inside it. It’s a little different than two others I like…
Where were you before you were born?
Where am I when I am not with you?
All of these are useful questions to consider.
Do you think he might be in heaven? I don’t even know what my friends mean by that.
If you mean, did he go into the sky to live with angels, then no, I don’t think he’s up above us. But I have an idea and it’s this.
Whenever I want to be with Andy, to feel him, he’s available to me. I can feel him right now. He’s smiling inside me, the same smile the last time I saw him at the pool.
So, in that sense, he’s still with me.
He’s with me just as much as I’m with you when we are not together.
…and despite the loss that many feel due to Andy’s death, he’s still with a lot of people. If you listen, they will tell you… “I see him everywhere.”
Your mind might tell you, “he’s gone, it’s over.”
…but if you pay attention to what you feel, then you’ll know, if Andy was ever anywhere then he’s still here with us.
Sweetie, this is the same thing with me and I’d like you to remember.
Someday, I’ll be gone but I’ll still be with you.
Everywhere, always, anytime.