Notes for Brian Lee Cooper:|
Brian Lee Cooper - Smiles. Laughter. Frustration. Determination. Tears. Ice Cream!
All of these words describe Brian. This past year, he had the capacity to go through frightening breathing episodes several times a day and still give you a smile when you tucked him into bed at night. He had the patience to sit through his mother's guessing games until she hit on the right answer. He could hear his #1 hero, Daddy, coming home long before the rest of the family could. He could sit still while his little brother climbed all over him in his wheelchair and on the floor. And he looked forward to the early morning chats with his sister cuddled into his waterbed beside him.
Brian had a quick sense of humor and a very infectious giggle. He always tried to do what we asked of him even though it usually ended in failure. He lived with greater frustration than many of us experience in a lifetime. He had no motor control over his body except for a smile that was always ready to shine.
Brian's life was also spent teaching. He taught his school mates that it's okay to be different yet still the same. He challenged his teachers to new heights as we mainstreamed him through school. He was a smart boy who loved reading best. He has continued to teach in his death. School let out early the day of his funeral and many of his classmates were there. A first for many of the children, it became an opportunity for them to see that death is not a scary thing, how could it be with balloons flying! (Balloons were tied to his coffin and released at the gravesite.)
Enough time has passed that we have almost forgotten the day to day struggle of dealing with Brian's handicap, yet his smiles and laughter, we seem to have heard just yesterday. We miss Brian a great deal and he's left a big gap in our day to day lives but we thank God for putting an end to his frustration and for freeing him from his body. For we truly believe that he is now in Heaven, running and talking up a storm and keeping an eye on us all. - Ann Cooper
Brian was like a boyfriend to me. Because I was always kissing and hugging him. I loved him with all my heart, I still love him more than anything. I always got scared when he passed out or got blue.
We've had so much fun together, but maybe he's better off in Heaven. He can walk and do whatever he wants to up there. I'd just like to tell him something--that I love him even if he is dead. I love you Brian Lee Cooper. - Sarah Cooper