I woke up on Sunday morning and my spirit seem very heavy, just very emotional...I was really kinda like a basket case. I got to church on Sunday morning and Pastor Jason opened up in prayer, and the tears started to flowing....and Peyton looked up at me and asked me “Mommy are you crying?” I wiped my face, and made it thru the sermon...all the while I’m thinking about my Dad. So I get this email reminder reminding me again that I have yet to sign “Team Peyton York” up for FARE- Food Allergy Hero’s Walk here in Austin on Sunday October 28th.
The first and last time that my family participated in this walk was a few months after Peyton had her first allergic reaction in 2011, ever since then we’ve always had something going on that has stopped us from being able to participate. So I titled this post “Papa’s Baby” because Peyton was “Papa’s Baby”, when my dad lost his fight with leukemia Peyton was his youngest grandchild. I started this entry by saying I woke up Sunday morning and my spirit seemed very heavy....that’s because my Dad’s birthday is this Saturday October 27th.
My heart hurts for my mother, my children and my nieces and nephew because he’s not here, and his presence is missed by them the most. But as I said.....she was Papa’s baby. The day that Peyton was rushed to Dell Children’s after eating that cashew, she had to be admitted and stayed overnight. My dad showed up at the hospital unannounced the next morning after getting lost in the hospital...lol....he had stopped by the gift shop and bought her a book, and surprised her!! My beautiful daughter who’s face and eyes was still swollen from her allergic reaction....her face lightened up....she jumped up...big eyed and yelled “PAPA”!!! I REMEMBER THIS LIKE YESTERDAY . The hospital staff had her sleep inside a humongous metal crib, all she could do was reach for him and yell....”Papa take me out, I want you...take me out!!” My dad stayed with her the entire morning until the hospital discharged her to go home later that day.
I remember when we found out that she was anaphylactic to peanuts and tree nuts and she couldn’t eat certain foods....oh yes, and that she had a dairy allergy....my dad spent hours in the grocery store reading labels finding safe foods for her to eat while she spent the weekend at my parents. There was always a special bond that he had with all of his grandchildren, but because she was the baby, “Papa’s Baby” I like to think she had her own special bond with him. I often sit and wonder what life would be like if he was still here to see a now 10 year old Peyton, 13 year old Wesley....or a 16 year old Jayden and Joe Joe..., his great grandson Ethan who is 3 months old who suffers from a dairy allergy too. I know that he would be so proud of how his granddaughters are in college now, and how Tamia everyday is a new day and we see growth and change in you since the birth of your son.
Sunday October 28th, my family will be walking for Papa’s Baby (Peyton) and all of the other million of other children who suffer from food allergies. I ask just that if you can please consider joining our team, and or donating to help raise awareness and research for food allergies.