A loss beyond words...

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Admiral Mike-migration

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Hope on the horizon

Dear Journal,

Sunday morning, October 12, my youngest son, Elijah, aged 7 passed away. The hardest thing I have ever done was to sit down last night and write the obituary for my little boy. Parents shouldn't have to do things like that. Today, while at the funeral home makeing the funeral plans, I found myself wanting to send a coin with my son. I wanted this coin to have special meaning.

As I pondered which coin it might be, I thought of my dear frined on this forum, Jackson, and the gorgeous coins he has in his High Seas collections... and that was it. I have decided to send along with my son, on his journey, a tall-master. In so many ways these beautiful ships will remind me of my son. Simple, graceful. beautiful.

Recently I asked my friend if he had the 1979 Peru 5000 Soles silver crown because I wanted to send him the one I had. Jackson told me he already had one, which didn't surprise me, so he told me to keep it. Now I know why...because this coin will go with Elijah on his trip across the heavenly seas to our Savior. He will go in style, with grace and beauty. My son was all of that and more.

Bon voyage, mon fils

Michael W. Cooper

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