Ty Martin Floyd Montoya  

rm_overnunder63 53F
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3/16/2006 9:43 pm

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Ty Martin Floyd Montoya

Tonight's submission is a rather sad one, so unless you're ready to shed a tear or two, back away now.

Today marks the second anniversary of a moment that changed my son's life forever. Cody and Ty had been best friends for ten years...joined at the hip most of the time during those years. Birthdays together, holidays together, movies and girlfriends...every spare moment spent together.

Cody was the tall one...Ty much smaller, but with a heart as big as the whole outdoors. You see, Ty had been born early and had been plagued with health problems for all of his 15 years. As a matter of fact, it was amazing that he'd lived those 15 years...in and out of the hospital so often...unable to participate in a lot of the activities the other kids did...he'd only had the feeding tube removed from his abdomen a couple of years ago.

But these two were inseperable. Best friends forever.

Then Ty went to the hospital for the last time. He rallied a bit...complaining about another kid that kept eating all his beef jerky...smiling and laughing all the while...and of course giving everyone he met hugs. Ty was a hugger. But hugs weren't going to help Ty get better this time.

You see, Ty's organs were failing him. They'd given him 15 years and they were tired. Ty was tired.

I'll never forget the phone call from Cody. "Mom, Ty's not doing well and I want to go to Denver." What could I say? "I'll be there in a few minutes." And off to Denver we went...three hours...praying we'd make it in time.

I've never been so proud of my son in my entire life. He walked into his best friend's hospital room...hooked up to a respirator and all kinds of other whirring machines...keeping him alive those last moments.

Cody walked up to his friend's bedside...took his hand and talked to him...talked to him about all the things they'd done together...how much he was going to miss him...how much he loved him...talked to him quietly until his best friend took his last breath.

This emo-punk kid I love so much...looked so thin and frail at that moment...but carried the strength of a true man at a tender age.

You see, Cody had been through a lot...his father had walked out on us just a week before...and now his best friend had left him forever. An awful lot for a young man to bear.

I've never been so sad or so proud at the same moment.

RIP Ty...I still miss your penguin stories and your hugs.

2943 posts
3/16/2006 10:23 pm

Wow..how can I not comment on that...how proud you must be of him and you know what...he will grow up to appreciate life much much more that most people do...for he knows how precious it is...Bless his heart!...ty for sharing that. xo


imLadyBambi 58M/50F

3/16/2006 10:31 pm

I am so profoundly sorry for your loss. May you find peace in his memory.

Lady Bambi (Connie)

loadeddice05 44M

3/16/2006 11:14 pm

So sorry for your loss!! A life cut short is the most painful and heartwrenching. Hope you and your son are coping well.

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