On Saturday, Melissa and I heeded Hannah and Nic's request to spend the night at Nana and Tata's house (Melis' parents). So we dropped them off around 1pm and headed out for a little Max-time. What 'Max-time' means is doing something that Max would have likely enjoyed doing himself, or something inspired by Max's outlook on life (eg, helping others). Saturday's Max-time was about speed. And power. Two themes that resonated with Max throughout his seven years with us, manifesting most recently in his obsession with WWII aircraft.

Coronado Speed Festival is held during Fleet Week at NAS North Island and it consists of vintage automobile races, static plane displays and Navy ship tours. It's pretty cool and I kick myself for not dragging Max to this last year, but then he wasn't quite into the aircraft enough at that time to probably close the deal with him then. So, he joined Melis and me in spirit yesterday. I think Max had a good time. There was a MIG-21 on display, his favorite enemy plane of the jet age. And there was racing by good-old-fashioned cars that you could recognize as Fords, Chevy, Ferrari, Jaguar, etc. We arrived later in the day, and the 6th race is comprised of my favorite cars. I'm sure Max agrees, the Shelby Mustangs are the funnest to watch as they make a lot of noise.


Jenbuster said...

It sounds like a wonderful day! I'm sure Max would've approved.

Randee said...

Thank you for sharing your day with us. It's pretty neat the way you continue to make "Max Memories"--you must miss him so very much!! It was great fun seeing Hannah and Nic at Mom and Dad's yesterday--Hannah so very grown up telling me of the two "incidents" in school on Friday and Nicky with that infectious little smile has grown so much and what a little chatterbox!!! Much love!!

Anonymous said...

Your next Max time must be barnstorming the coast in a bi-plane just like his fly-over: www.barnstorming.com

You'll love it, and Max will be sitting right there with you or flying right next to you! xolisa

Anonymous said...

hi melis and andy,
just want you to know that i think of max every day and talk about him to pretty much everyone i know. tonight i told my brother about the little boy from san diego who i loved; the cars, the planes, the legos and ring of fire. it hurts afresh each time i remember that he's not here. i send you my love.
toby's mom

Bree said...

I love this and I love the way you guys continue to Live Life to The Max...an inspriation to all of us!!!

Anonymous said...

Good for you to have some Max time and some time to be a couple...it was great seeing Hannah and Melissa at the fund raiser and getting to chat...and of course a hug! xo Linny

Anonymous said...

Hi Andy, Hi Melissa,

I just wanted to say that I'm thinking of you this evening. You are in my prayers.

With love,

Anonymous said...

Thinking of Max...wishing for continued strength for Hannah, Nicky, Mom, and Dad. My heart aches for your loss.

Admiring your family from afar....It has been a blessing for me to follow Max's story, your blog entries have always been so open, honest, and loving.

For example, I love the entry detailing the Star Wars/Jedi training session in July. It was so warm and funny...in the midst of the uncertainty of dealing with Max's cancer, your family was able to focus on making Max so very happy. I know you will have those cherished memories forever.


Anonymous said...

Andy and Melissa,
I saw the fighter jets practicing for the big air show yesterday from the soccer field. I watched their tight cluster fly in missing man formation. It took my breath away, and the tears started flowing. Your little boy, whom I never even met, sneaks into my mind everyday! Hope you can get some Max time up in Miramar this weekend!
P.B. Ron's wife, Meredith

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you - praying for you - wishing you peace.

L in Alaska

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