Amanda Kloots is honoring the two men that hold her heart this week.
The fitness instructor, 38, revealed a side-by-side photo on Instagram of her late husband, Nick Cordero on Sunday. He passed from coronavirus complications at the young age of 41, leaving behind the pair’s 13-month-old son, Elvis Eduardo.
Kloots said that the photo, which was sent to her via direct message by one of her followers, “took my breath away.”
“I have said from the beginning that Elvis is a mini Nick but WOW this side by side sealed the deal,” she wrote.
“I’ve noticed now that Elvis does this look a lot to me. When he is playing and I call his name to look at me or we are cuddling in bed and he looks up at me. It makes my heart melt ❤️.”
“I feel so lucky to have Elvis in my life,” the mother shared, adding how her son is “a piece of Nick that is still alive.”
“I am so grateful for that,” she said. “I am trying to find the things in my life that I am grateful for through this difficult time when nothing seems right. I always start my day with a positive quote but I am going to start adding in what I am grateful for to remind me that there are always blessings even in the most difficult of times.”
Since Cordero’s death on July 5, Kloots has not shied away from her grief.
“I lost my husband. Elvis lost his father, but today I realized we lost our family,” she wrote in a heartbreaking note on Instagram last week. “We didn’t really even get to be a family. We won’t have those memories that I dreamed of since Elvis was born. This hit me hard. It stung like a horrible bug bite actually.”
But in loss, Kloots has all found small silver linings.
“Elvis said his first words today!! Listen closely!” she wrote on Instagram, sharing a video of Elvis looking at a picture of the late Broadway star as he starts to speak. “He pointed at Nick in our new picture light and said ‘right there.’ He hasn’t seen Nick since March 30th. The fact that he still knows who his Dada is, point to him and give him a kiss to me is amazing.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.