4 Years - Remembering The Little Things About Shawn Jr.

It has been 4 years since July 11, 2019.  On this anniversary of his death, I want to take a moment to reminisce about all the things that made Shawn Jr. so special.  When remembering Shawn, it's funny how the big milestones are not nearly as important as the small things.  It's the little things, the everyday moments, that made him who he was.  As I sit down to write this blog post, I find myself smiling at the memories of him.  I was thinking about his quirky jokes, subtle gestures, infectious smile, and everyday preferences that defined him and made him such an amazing and likable person. 

Below is a list of things that his family and friends remember about him.  It’s funny how he didn’t really change but related to all of us in a different way and how we all cherish his memory through our own unique lens.  I will admit, some of these aspects don’t register with me the way they do others.  But, all of these recollections give our collective community a little reminder and glimpse into his past.  The happy past.  Before the cancer, before the pain and before his much too early death.  These are the little fragments of his personality that help us remember.  

So, without further ado, below are the things that remind us of Shawn Jr:

  • Friends
  • Basketball
  • Taylor Swift (particularly Reputation and 1989)
  • Dallas Mavs - MFFL
  • Steak 'n Shake
  • Dr. Pepper
  • Quiet confidence in his Christian faith
  • Fortnite
  • Baseball
  • Luka being the GOAT 
  • Black Camaro
  • New Girl
  • Streaming / Twitch
  • Marvel / Avenger Movies
  • Chipotle
  • Texas Rangers
  • Sport talk radio (AllNight with Jason Smith)
  • Get rich quick schemes
  • Assassins (2016 winner of RHHS game) 
  • Drake
  • Inside Jokes (Robertson and Helms secret language)  
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Jordon vs. LaBron Debate 
  • Unconditionally loving his Mom
  • Only dating girls that were 9s or better
  • AJR
  • Comedy shows (Jr would watch full shows on YouTube)
  • Waffle House
  • The Kardashians
  • Stranger Things
  • Bucket Hats
  • "iSpy" by Kyle
  • Yankees
  • Hoodies
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Pitch Perfect
  • Strawberry milk 
  • Max (his dog)
  • Good listener 
  • Infectious laugh 
  • Hole #8 on Buffalo Creek golf course
  • MLB Home Run Derby
  • Halsey
  • Snow skiing
  • One Night Ultimate Werewolf game
  • "Location" by Khalid
  • Ethereum (he was a very early investor)
  • Loving his people and defending his friends
  • Tune Squad
  • Brutally honest
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Heath city limits sign
  • Baylor University
  • Cross necklace 
  • Backwards baseball hats
  • Loving his siblings
                  These and 100s of other little things in life remind us of Shawn Jr. 


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