Remembering Jacob with a Whole Lot of Penguin Love
The days and weeks that followed Jacob’s death were numbing and overwhelming. I received some comfort from Jacob’s favourite stuffy, Petey. Jacob took him everywhere and slept with him every night. Petey helped me feel connected.
A few days after the funeral, I was shopping at London Drugs and I discovered adorable TY Beanie Penguins. I bought all they had at that location. The next day, I found myself at another location purchasing all they had and then I went to another location – the same thing. By the end of the week, I had visited a few locations and accumulated over twenty penguins. I didn’t know why, I just knew I had to have them.
You’ve Got to Ask to Receive…
Shortly thereafter, I realized I needed more penguins, a lot more. I was not the only person affected by Jacob’s sudden death and many were children. To help ease their pain and help them remember my son, I wanted to give them a small stuffed penguin. To do that, I would need more than I would find in Calgary! So I contacted my friend, James, who helped me contact London Drugs.
In a short turn of events, about a month after Jacob died, I had nearly 400 penguins in my living room. It was quite a sight. What was truly amazes me, is that London Drugs gave them to me at absolutely not charge! I will be eternally grateful to London Drugs and Chris Stepchuk who made it all happen for me. Once I had those penguins in hand, I began to give them to family and friends.
Penguin Day: September 25, 2007
Later, with the cooperation of Jacob’s school and before and after school program, I was able to give the penguins to his peers on September 25, 2007.That September day began with an on-air interview with Don, Joanne, and the Coach on Lite96. I was excited to have the opportunity to tell Jacob’s story and honour those who helped me bring the day to fruition.
The true beauty of the day was spending the afternoon, handing out penguins and hearing stories about what kind of person Jacob was. I learned that he was a good friend, that he smiled a lot, always gave big hugs, and that he made efforts to include others when playing. Tears were shed, but we also laughed as we ate freezies (Jacob’s favourite) and reminisced. The kids took turns cuddling Jacob’s Petey and played with their new smaller versions.
By the end of the day, we were all on our way to healing with a little bit of penguin love.
Originally published on www.meetingmichaelbluble.com