KCPQ reporter Travis Mayfield lost his two and half year old son Tommy on April 10.
“Just after noon on April 10th, we held our precious baby boy in our arms in the ICU and sang him to sleep one last final time,” Mayfield wrote in a tribute to Tommy on the station’s website. “Our previously perfectly healthy Tommy died in the arms of his two daddies and surrounded by those who loved him most.”
Mayfield shared his grief with viewers and wrote a moving tribute to his son.
“If there is anything any parent has ever wanted for their child it would be to say that he loved without question,” Mayfield wrote in his tribute. “We can. We are blessed in that way.
Tommy loved so much it was constantly spilling out on to his face in the biggest smile ever.
Tommy loved so much his body would wiggle, shake and shimmy when he giggled.
Tommy loved when he woke. He loved when he slept. He loved in the space between.
He loved being with us. He loved being on his own.
He was satisfied, content and deliberate in how he loved.
It was ordinary and miraculous all at once.
In the same way he could sit quietly and attend to how his trucks, trains or toys worked. In the same way he could find any button that needed to be pushed. In the same way he could construct and deconstruct his train tracks or legos.
He was focused and intentional in all that and in how he loved.
If there is anything any parent has ever wanted for their child it would be to say that he loved without question.
We are blessed in that way.
Tommy may have only loved for a brief time in this life, but it was enough. It will always be enough.
Because it was so true and so pure.