Sunday, March 11, 2012
Bring Rocky Home - 2012-03-11 - 09:00pm
I will start with last Monday morning.... I was at work in Norfolk, Virginia and I received a phone call from a police detective.... my heart almost stopped.... he said that the police in Louisiana found you and that you were ok but you said that you did not want to talk with anyone at home and that you were not going to call.....
All we knew was that you were on a bike last weekend - 40 miles before New Orleans and you were heading east to a beach..... That could be anywhere……
Susan and your dad drove to New Orleans on Monday afternoon - your dad was still very sick at that stage but there was nothing that was going to stop him from any chance of finding you.... they knew where you were seen over the weekend and they drove around until 4am Tuesday morning with no luck... they slept for three hours and then started again at 8am until late in the afternoon before the decided to drive home – a five hour drive….
I worked from home on Wednesday and Thursday and as soon as I stopped working on Thursday afternoon we got in the car and headed back to New Orleans..... In the meanwhile Debbie flew in from California and Susan was back and ready to go again….. We started driving with the intention of driving as far as Gulfport Mississippi…… that was pretty far but we figured that we could do it……
We – once again – drove around for hours in the area where you were last seen – we so badly just wanted to know that you had food to eat – that you had a safe place to sleep….. We even brought you some clothes, etc. just in case you did not want to come home…. Your dad packed your bag so I have no idea what is in there and he did that for you so I will not interfere :-)
Now we were looking for a person on a bike that is heading to the beach….. Pretty crazy hey but your dad and I both knew that if we did not do this we would regret it for the rest of our lives…. The entire time I am praying: “If Rocky can only know how much we love and miss him this could all be so different.”….. but how will you know if we did not tell you…..?
While we have been driving, every time your dad sees one of us dozing off he gets so mad at us because we are there to look for you….. and we all know that but we were all so tired by now….. Every time we see a bicycle we are hopeful just to turn around disappointed again…. We may be disappointed but we will NEVER stop until we find you!!!
We started driving back from Florida on Friday evening….. Spent the night in a hotel in Mobile, Alabama and once again was on the road early Saturday morning……
We saw the most beautiful flowers and your dad said that he wanted some – just as well….. We stopped to buy some and he then realized that we left his wallet on the back of the truck and that it is gone…… you can only imagine….. We backtracked and went all the way back to the gas station…. Did not find anything….. believe it or not, just then his phone rang – a guy that owned a local bar drove over his wallet – picket it up – and called the number on the business card…. Can you believe that…… he was less than a block away from where we were at that moment….. Your dad jumped out, got the wallet from him and hugged the guy…. Debbie, Susan and I all looked at each other – if he did that for his wallet we don’t even want to think what he is going to do when he finds you…..
Just outside of New Orleans later that afternoon there was a lady next to the highway walking her dog – it was an old dog and once he starts walking he just does not stop… he got away from her and there was no way that she could catch him – so – your dad turned the truck around, jumped out and caught the dog for her…. She was so grateful so a movie that I saw a long long time ago came to mind…. Play It Forward – the gist of the movie is that if someone does something good to you, don’t repay that person – instead, help another person that is in need……. In other words – Pay-it-Forward…..
We just kept on going and finally got home just before 1am on Sunday morning….. We never stopped looking for one minute…. We never stopped praying for one minutes…. We never stopped hoping for one minute….
We are all disappointed that we did not find you but we are still praying that God will keep you safe and work in your heart to contact us or to come back home….
Hope you sleep well and know that we will always love you and we really miss you!!
Dad and Ma