a thank you from Jimmy’s mom…

October 20, 2011

Big Bro Tony, Monica, Dolores and baby Mason (thanks to Tony V.-Dolores’ significant other for taking this picture)

Two weeks ago, I invited you all to join me for a kindness mission honoring Jimmy and Dolores, a reader and new friend. You can read about it here. It was wonderful of Dolores and her family to share their story and memories of Jimmy with us- we are so grateful!

I was blown away by the response, so many of you gathered loved ones and friends for this mission. It felt like every time I opened my e-mail there was another picture and note. It was so sweet to me because it was so simple, so full of love. Thank you…just thank you.

Dolores wanted to thank you too…here is her note to you:

First let me thank you, Patience, for getting the whole wonderful Dinner With Jimmy mission started. Without you none of this would have happened. Also, thank you to all the wonderful, kind people who took time out from their busy lives to celebrate my son, Jimmy’s, short sweet life without even knowing him and even sending pictures of it all. If anyone had a dinner without sending pictures or an acknowledgement, I want to thank them, too. I can’t believe how many dinners were celebrated in Jimmy’s honor (or may still be). It even stretched into Canada.

All of this has renewed my faith in the kindness of other people, but you and your website are a testimony to that. I’m not the only one who faces each day without Jimmy. His Big Bro, Tony, does, too. Tony now has no siblings. They did everything together. Tony sends his own special thanks for remembering his Li’l Bro. Yesterday we had our own special Dinner With Jimmy. I made spaghetti & meatballs. It was his favorite. I taught Jimmy how to cook, but when it came to this he outdid me. Please look for two pictures of our celebration which I’ll send separately from my ipod. It takes too long to type this much on the ipod. The first pic is of me, Jimmy’s Big Bro, Tony, his wife, Monica and their beautiful three month old baby, Mason. The second pic is of me, Monica, Mason and my significant other, Tony V. Big Bro was taking the picture.

Jimmy didn’t live long enough to see his little nephew, Mason, but he was such a perceptive and loving person I’m hoping he was able to see and taste all these wonderful dinners in his honor and to see his nephew, Mason. Jimmy loved to laugh and he loved family get-togethers as you can see from the first photo you put up of me and him. Thanks again to all.


Dolores here and Jimmy There

Thank you for making this one of the sweetest missions we’ve ever done- your kindness changes everything. Special thanks to all who helped to spread the word and to Lara and Debbie for writing about it.

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5 Responses to “a thank you from Jimmy’s mom…”

  1. Thank you for killing some of the hate in this world. We need more people like yourself to spread peace and love to counter war and oppression. Honoring a lost son in this way lends dignity to his name. Not garish or tawdry, just a simple meal. In fact, that’s what communion is supposed to be in church. To honor another dead Son. I don’t want to go all “Christian” on here, but the analogy holds true. Again, thank you for all your acts of kindness, keep it up!!!

  2. jenniferlemons Says:

    The slideshow brought tears. So much love.

  3. Hi, Patience! I didn’t manage to get a picture of our dinner, but we had some old friends and their four kids over for homemade lasagna and baked ziti. They had invited our small family to dinner at their house over the summer, and we were wondering whether we could manage to have their whole crew to our house. The evening was crazy and fun and the wine and stories flowed at the grown-ups’ table while the kids did their thing. Thanks for the push to share good food with friends.

  4. J Henderson Says:

    This is such a beautiful idea and the photo slideshow filled my heart with happy ! Thank you!

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