Ryan Dorsey wrote a heartfelt tribute to his late ex-wife Naya Rivera on Instagram this past weekend, giving her an update on their 5½-year-old son Josey Hollis exactly one year after her funeral.
“Today…A year ago we laid you to rest. I still can’t believe it. The year has flown by, so fast that it doesn’t seem like it’s been a year at all. Our boy has grown so much. He’s such an explorer, so inquisitive. He’s sweet, so funny, and his laugh always lights up the room. He’s an intuitive soul to say the least,” Dorsey began the caption.
“To know him is to love him, everyone that meets him is always smiling. He’s doing ok. He’s such a resilient strong kid. He misses you but knows he’ll see you again, and the invisible string is something that’s helped us out during this ever-evolving transition of your time with us on earth that was unfairly & for reasons we’ll never understand cut short…too soon…”
“July will probably always be a strange and difficult month in the years that are hopefully plentiful in the future…still hard to see photos, still haven’t been able to read or watch anything…as the years go by strength will be on my side as I will share the memories with what is the brightest star of your legacy left on this earth, our beautiful son, Josey.”
“The thumbs up…only a [seemed] right. I remember the first time he did it back to you. At jujitsu, you gave him a thumbs up and he returned the gesture…it was so sweet. Maybe it’s silly and doesn’t make sense to be doing this on IG and putting this out there, but so is this whole thing. So there’s that…”
“Fly high, Rest In Peace, knowing he’s doing ???? ok…he’s being raised right, and he’s got a lot of family and people around him that love him, and you. ????????????????”
Dorsey concluded the post urging others who have lost their loved ones to keep their head up high.
“For everyone out there that’s gone through similar events of loss…you know there’s not really any words that make it better…we know some days are better than others…but know our hearts and energy are with you. We keep going because that’s all we can do while being as strong as we can be.”
The 33-year-old Rivera was found dead last July, just days after she went missing from a boat on Lake Piru in California.
Josey, who was 4-year-old at the time, was found sleeping alone on the boat before he was discovered by nearby boaters.
Following the recovery of her body, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said in a press conference that when their boat began to drift, Naya “mustered enough energy to get her son back into the boat, but not enough to save herself.”
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