It was at his youngest child’s birthday party that I saw what at the time was one of E’s distinctive “celebrity” qualities—he used his pitcher’s arm to lob a beach ball into the splash pad pour bucket—ball, plunk, fill, pour, repeat. The crowd of summer park goers reveled his ability to beguile and entertain.
At the time I took his boyish self-confidence as the contributing factor—he had an athletic gift and had been praised and admired for it for years.
Why not use it for harmless fun?
I look through all of this with grief and anger now. All I did not see or understand about him that day, who he had been for years, and what was to come.