Scarlett loved our pets, he fur siblings. Scarlett loved books. Her favorite book was “Barnyard Dance” by Sandra Boynton. Her Mama would read it to her while her Dada would mimic the lines of the song by doing a dance. Her face would light up, she would clap and say “Yaaaaay!” Scarlett loved music. Her favorite song was “You are My Sunshine,” which became the theme for her first birthday party.
Scarlett loved life. She loved laughing and playing. She loved walking and clapping. She loved pointing our her belly, her nose, her eyes, and her ears. She loved exploring and getting into trouble. She loved testing us and pushing her limits. She loved touching things, pulling things apart, ripping things up and putting things back together. She loved blowing kisses. She loved, she loved and she loved.
On January 7, 2017, Scarlett came down with a mild cold and had a slight fever. We gave her a bath, a final performance of “Barnyard Dance” and put her to sleep. A few hours later, her Mama went to check on her, and Scarlett was not breathing in her crib. Scarlett was taken to the hospital where doctors determined there was nothing they could do. Scarlett earned her angel wings shortly after 1 AM on Sunday, January 8, 2017.
We do not know what took Scarlett from us. Her death is considered Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC). SUDC is a category of death in children between the ages of 1 and 18 that remains unexplained after a thorough investigation, including autopsy. Most often, a seemingly healthy child goes to sleep and never wakes up. At this time, we do not know what causes SUDC, how to predict it or how to prevent it.
There is no measurement for the size of our love for Scarlett or the hole left behind when she left us.
This day, and every day, we walk for Scarlett. Every step, every breath is for her. We live every day so that she is remembered.
We also honor all of Scarlett’s Angel friends. We became involved with Cribs for Kids through its bereavement group, Healing Hearts.
“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are grey. You’ll never know, dear, how much I love you. Please don’t take my sunshine away.”