Rory Feek and his 2-year-old daughter Indiana (Indy) celebrated Easter today, their first holiday alone since Joey Feek died on March 4. Although it was incredibly hard on Rory, little Indy didn’t seem to notice, which made things a bit easier.
In a new post on his blog This Life I Live, Rory revealed that Indiana hasn’t asked for her mama once since she passed away.
“Indy has not asked for her mama. Not one single time since Joey’s been gone. It’s almost as if she hasn’t noticed that she’s not here. And that is so sad… and oh, so wonderful – all at the same time.”
In the post, which may just be the most heartbreaking one yet, Rory explained the selflessness Joey exhibited when it came to her daughter. Joey used to be Indy’s favorite person in the entire world- when Joey was around, no one else mattered. However, in October 2015, when Joey decided to stop treatment and enter hospice care, she knew what she needed to do to make her passing easier on her child.
“When we first got to Indiana in late October, Joey was Indy’s whole world,” Rory wrote. “Everyone else was… well, just everyone else. Including me. She loved her mama so much and all she wanted was to be with her, beside her or in-sight of her. But in early November, when Joey started to realize that there was a good chance that she might not beat her battle with cancer, she made a decision…’he must become greater and I must become less.'”
Although she loved her daughter more than anything, Joey made it a point to distance herself from her – to lesson their relationship so it would be easier on Indy when she wasn’t around.
“Who does that? Who has that kind of strength and character? Not me, that’s for sure,” Rory continued. “I would’ve taken the low, easy road… the one that served me more. I would’ve tried to make the ties with our baby stronger and her love for me deeper so that she wouldn’t forget me… and in the end, probably left our baby wrecked with grief over the loss of the one person she loved and needed most. But not Joey. She let Indy fall more in love with me…and less in love with her. She carried the pain on her own shoulders, to try to keep it off of mine. And even more so, off of Indy’s.”
“Don’t get me wrong, there were still lots of times in those last few months that I put Indy in her mama’s lap and they spent time together, loving and enjoying each other. But it was never the same. Indiana loved her mama… but she wanted me. She needed me. Thank you Joey.”
As The Inquisitr previously reported, Joey Feek was diagnosed with cervical cancer in May 2014, three months after giving birth to Indy. She later underwent a radical hysterectomy and several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation; however, despite the treatment, the cancer returned and started spreading. In October 2015, Joey made the heartbreaking decision to stop treatment and return to her hometown in hospice care to live out the remainder of her days surrounded by those she loved the most.
Following Joey’s death, Rory and Indiana returned to their home in Tennessee, where they have been trying to learn how to live without Joey. Although it’s hard, Rory has done everything possible to make adjusting to their new life easier- even enrolling Indy in pre-school.
“Indy has been in the preschool a couple days a week for the last week and a half now and is loving every minute of it,” Rory wrote. “She is making lots of new friends and loves being around all the other kids… She likes recess and playing outside… And getting to ride on fun toys… and learning lots of new things…She even likes her new nap time…”
[Photo via This Life I Live]