Yesterday would've been Aiden's 9th birthday. Dean is starting to understand, as best as a 5 year old can. The other day, Dean and Nicole were getting a ride with a friend when he announced "I'm the saddest brother in the whole world." and proceeded to explain that his brother had died. Of course, our hearts break a little for him.
I'm not the saddest dad in the whole world. I have family who love me. I have a wife who is amazing at every turn. I have friends who still send a message on Aiden's birthday to remind me that they care. In many ways, I'm lucky. Although I can't give Aiden a hug, I have another son who give hugs big enough for two.