Sunday, March 28, 2010

"Peter Perfect"~Kisses to You

Yesterday was a sad but beautiful day. We attended the funeral of a little boy named Peter; an adorable little 2 year old boy with Down Syndrome from Church. He was famous for blowing kisses at anybody and everybody he saw. His family said he would literally stop crowds at malls, restaurants....everywhere he went.

He made you feel like you were the only person in the room, that you were incredibly special and loved. It didn't matter if he'd never seen you before...he knew the value of a soul and loved everyone. Peter gave us all an idea of what it will be like to be unconditionally loved and accepted by our Savior. He brought a piece of Heaven to Earth and shared it willingly.

He died Tuesday early morning...he just stopped breathing. It was time for him to go. He had achieved what he came to do. He had received his earthly body and touched thousands of people's lives in his short time here. Peter exemplified Christlike attributes and reminded me of our sweet Emmie, these precious spirits not capable of committing sin.

The funeral was so amazing. The spirit was so strong and you could feel the presence of Heaven there...it just had to be to buoy up this devastated family. Family members bore testimony of the Plan of Salvation and that his parents would one day get the chance to finish raising him; they would not be shorted at all. My kids were able to sing in the musical number with some other Primary children. ~"I am a Child of God" & Families Can be Together Forever."~ They were touched spiritually and even my strong Spencer fought back tears. After the funeral each person in attendance grabbed a white balloon, wrote a message on it to Peter and we all let them go at once. It was so beautiful as we symbolically blew him our kisses and watched as they flew up to Heaven.

Peter & my little Jaxson were hall buddies at Church. They would crawl around the foyer together each week during Sacrament Meeting. As I would be sitting in church, Jax would point his little finger to the door. He wanted to always be in the foyer...{with Peter.} Now that I think about it, I get a little lump in my throat. Even though I hardly knew this precious little boy, he touched my life more than he'll ever know.

Today the foyer was empty. I just couldn't be out there with Jax...I don't think anybody in the ward could. EVERYONE that ever walked out there would see him & were blown a kiss when they walked out there. It was too sad to not see him; so today we were in the other foyer on the opposite side of the building. His Dad is our ward's librarian and Peter would oftentimes help his Dad do his job saying Hello to everyone who stopped by.

My heart broke today when I walked by the Library and saw Peter's Dad there, swollen eyes and a half smile- but no Peter. Now that is a strong testimony of the Gospel..
~a strength to me.~
"Blowing Kisses To this Sweet Boy"

9 comments:

{she + him} said...

Peter sounds like a gift from heaven. I'm glad your family had the pleasure of knowing him...

Jeni Everett said...

Audra,
That was such a beautiful tribute. It sounds like Peter was an amazing little boy.

A day in the life of the Campbell's said...

Oh so sweet and sad to have to attend a funeral for a little boy. What an amazing post and tribute to cute boy. so sorry for his family.

Jamie~ said...

What a precious baby! Great post and tribute to him, Audy.

venessa said...

Thanks for sharing...

Brian and Janette said...

OH...I want to kiss him back. He's so sweet!

alison said...

What a beautiful little boy, Audy you should seriously think about becoming a writer one day, in your spare time of course, which means it would prob. have to be a LONG ways away since you are super mom right now and spare time probably doesn't exist. You seriously have such a way with words. Thanks for posting about Spence, I was worried Skyler was the only one with this new found attitude and built up frustration. I miss you Audy.

Stephanie said...

What a sweetie...thanks for sharing:)

James Cryer said...

just reading the post made me cry. God Bless Peter