"We Will Remember You"
Each year I think it will become easier to write my story, but instead in reality it seems to become more difficult. Here I am once again, putting it off to the "final hour". As I look out the window at the stillness and peacefulness of the lake, it's hard to believe it's been 10 years since that fateful day. June 16, 2000 is a day that altered our lives forever.
We will remember you - your smile, blue eyes, laughter and what a handsome young man you had become. It brings tears to my eyes to know we'll never see your smile, due to the senseless act of an impaired driver. We want people to understand that driving impaired is against the law...no matter what the situation!!! Making the decisions to drive impaired can ruin the lives of many in a split second.
We will remember you being a gifted swimmer, accomplished Boy Scout, your Dad's "right hand man", your youngest brother Nick's best friend and confidant and a friend to many. We will remember your kindness, love and willingness to help others...but most of all, we will remember YOU!!!
I wonder what you would have become - a teacher or a coach? A husband and a father? There are so many questions that will forever be unanswered...hopes and dreams that will never be fulfilled. Hugs, kisses, smiles, tears, laughter and joy that will never be shared.
Our family continues to grow, but there will always be a missing link in our family chain...we will remember you. Our lives will never return to "normal", but we find hope in the future generations. Mickey and Rebecca, Aric's oldest brother and sister-in-law are the proud parents of two sons, Jake (6 ½) and Duncan (8 months). Nick and Heather, Aric's youngest brother and sister-in-law are the proud parents of Aric Jerry (1) and are expecting their second son in December. We know that Aric is watching over you and your families from heaven with great joy and much love. We love you and are so proud to call you our children...thank you for all the joy you give us each day.
I would like to thank those who have been there each step of the way: Twyla Blakely for her love and support during the trial; Pat Larson for having faith in me to tell Aric's story; Charlene Chapman for her friendship, love and support...you are truly amazing; the entire AAIM family for always being there with a helping hand; DuPage County State's Attorney, Joe Birkett and his staff for believing in truth and justice and in Aric; the Village of Wood Dale for handling the investigation into the crash with professionalism and to our family and friends who have been there each step of the way...you know who you are.
To my husband, Jerry who has the memories of that horrible day etched in his mind - thank you for being our rock. He was at the intersection at the time of Aric's crashed and was the first one to Aric's car. I'm grateful he was with Aric during his final moments on earth. I know that Aric felt comfort in hearing his dad's voice and feeling his dad's love. My husband lives each day of his life with the hurt, pain, emptiness and sadness...I can see it in his eyes. My heart aches for him, but I know Aric's love surrounds him and he's watching over him. Thank you for being the foundation of our family...I LOVE YOU.
Finally, I know Aric is giving me the courage to tell his story...we will remember you. We love and miss you every day, but we will remember you...always
We little knew that morning: God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you; you did not go alone.
For part of us went with you, the day God called you home.
You left us beautiful memories; your love is still our guide.
And though we cannot see you, you are always by our side.
Our family chain is broke and nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.
We Love You, Aric....
Dad, Charlie, Mickey, Rebecca, Nick, Heather, Jake, Aric & Duncan
The Wooley Family