I could have never imagined how many people one little boy could touch. I know Mikey will never be forgotten , because he leaves behind so many memories. I want to share his wonderful memories with everyone.
We can’t even drive down the road with out thinking about him. Mikey loved trucks. You would always hear him in the back seat saying “wow”. when we drove by the fire station he would say “fire fighter, me, me”. when we drove by toys r us. He would say “US?”. When Mikey got sick I think we went there every night just to make him happy.
Our house especially has so many memories. Mikey’s bedroom is filled with so many toys, trucks, and tools. Ryan loves playing in there. Every time he goes in there he waves to the pictures of Mikey. Even though Ryan is to young to understand, I know that he still misses his big brother.
Even the bathroom has memories. Mikey loved taking showers. He could sit in there for ever playing with his trucks and cars…He just learned to go on the potty. He learned so quickly. I think it was his shrek underwear that helped.
When Mikey got sick he spent a lot of time in the living room watching his videos. His favorite was shrek. I think we know every word to shrek and shrek 2. He love Aladdin too. Every time we went in the car we would have to play Aladdin. Mikey loved singing Arabian night. His other favorite was Toy Story. I don’t know who like it more big Mike or little Mike. Mikey was Buzz Light Year and Mike was Woody.
And when it was time for bed we had a whole routine. We would give dada a kiss good night, Mikey would always say I’you (I love you). I would lay in the bed with him and before I would lay down he would say “hair mout” (I would have to take my hair out of the pony tail). For him to fall a sleep he would have to hold my hand. I loved that so much. Mikey was so full of love. He always said I’you. That’s one of the things I really miss. I also miss Mikey calling dada Mike. I think he did that because he thought of mike as his best friend.
Mikey would always go upstairs to visit nana and papa. There were child proof locks on the doors, but Mikey figured those out pretty quick. He was always sneaking up there. He would make papa lay on the floor to play. Mikey would crawl all over papa. Then he would go to nana when he wanted a snack. Mikey loved eating dinner with nana and papa. Especially when they had pasta. Pasta was Mikey’s favorite. The week that Mikey got sick, we started a new tradition. We had “noodle night at the Galvins” with nana and papa. Mikey had so much fun that night, even though he wasn’t feeling well. We only got to have “noodle night” once, but a least we got to have that one night.
Mikey used to love going to his nana and grandpa’s house. He would always tell me “nana’s house, cars”. Nana saved all of Big Mike’s matchbox cars when he was little. Mikey loved going out to the side porch to play with the cars. When he was in the porch playing he would always call Ashley to come play with him. He would call her “Akey”. For some reason Mikey loved Melissa’s Kasey Kane NASCAR car. He always looked to go to Melissa’s room to get it.
Last summer we used to go to nana and grandpa’s house to play badminton. Mikey thought he was playing by hitting everyone on the back of the legs with the rackets. He always seemed to go for Melissa.
He loved grandpa’s police car, he loved it when grandpa would flash the lights for him.
Mikey loved going to Mike’s work to see him. The first thing he would do was go right for the tool box. He would always get out this small hammer that mike had. He would pretend to fix things. When he went there he would love seeing uncle Rob and Matt too. Matt would always take Mikey and come back with all kinds of snacks. Matt once gave Mikey honey BBQ chicken and coke when he was about 8 months. Mikey loved it, but I can’t say that I did.
Mikey loved going to our family parties because he loved playing with his cousins. Brittany, Brian, Maeghan, Abby, Sean and Shannon. I know he would have loved playing with his new little cousin John. Mikey was so lucky because not only did he have four wonderful grandparents. He also had four wonderful great-grandparents. I bet Mikey’s in heaven with Dad and Grandpa smiling down on us.
There are so many more happy memories that we have of Mikey. It’s so nice to know that Mikey will never be forgotten. I hope that one day with the help of Mikey we can find a cure for JDM.
What the Dedham Fire Dept did for Mikey
Mikey touched so many people when he passed away. He even touched people that never met him. He wanted to be a firefighter. Every time we would drive by a fire station he would say “firefighter me, me!” When he passed away his Aunt Melissa called a local fire station and asked them if they could do anything. We had no idea she did this for us. The man who answered was so touched. He told her he could see what he could do, but usually they can’t do anything. He went to the wake in uniform. He brought us a fire truck basket with a fire department t-shirt, hat and patch. I can’t even begin to explain how I felt then. This man went out of his way for us and Mikey. He stayed there for a good amount of time. The next day was the funeral and we were inside the funeral home and Firefighter Lassard came again. I couldn’t believe he was there again. We went outside to get into the limo and there was a fire truck with about 5 fire fighters there to honor Mikey. We just couldn’t believe it. Firefighter Lassard led the possession from the church to the cemetery with the flowers in the back of the Fire dept. truck. During the ceremony at the cemetery Firefighter lassard presented us with a plaque that made Mikey was an honorary member of the Fire Dept. I can honestly say it was just a beautiful day. This man went out of his way for us. They were two days that I was really dreading. I didn’t want to deal with a wake and a funeral for my 2 year old son. But I realized how special he is to everyone and how everyone loved him. I am so grateful for their kindness.