One year ago today, Rosie Batty’s world changed for ever when her son was brutally murdered in front of her.
On February 12, 2014, Rosie watched Luke’s father, Greg Anderson, stab her son to death on a cricket field in Melbourne.
Today, in the form of a Facebook post, Rosie wrote a letter to her son.
I wake today and know a year has already passed since I saw you last. I think of that day a year ago now when we woke, laughed and joked about your hair and how your body was changing.
It was such a hot day and you headed off to school excited to be in Grade 6 and starting the new school year with your friends.
I surprised you by meeting you outside your classroom and you playfully pretended not to see me – not cool to hold hands with your mum so I grabbed you and gave you a playful hug and we chuckled together.
You didn’t want to go to cricket practice that night. You were too busy playing on your PS3 and feeling too lazy. But I did what a good mum does and made you follow through with your commitment to your cricket team as it was the last cricket practice for the season.
You were apprehensive about seeing your dad because you hadn’t seen him since returning from our holidays and you weren’t sure whether he would be there.
When we arrived we spotted your dad. He stood up with a huge smile and I knew it would be ok – he was in a good mood. You had a great time at practice and really enjoyed your dad being part of it all. Bowling to the other kids just like the other dads. It always made you happy to see your dad happy and to be joining in. He hadn’t done that for a while.
You were animated and pleased when you came over and spoke to me for the last time. You asked me if you could spend a few extra minutes with dad practising your cricket. You knew your cricket was improving and you were proud of how you had begun to play. It had all started to come together for you. Then I heard your father, ran to where you both were, which was only metres away and saw you injured and lying on the ground. I panicked and ran to get an ambulance – never to see you or speak to you again.
And now a year later I think of you from the moment I open my eyes until I lay my head back down on my pillow. I think of you every moment of every day. I dream about you and wake knowing that the dream I had is not as bad as the reality of waking to find that you’re still gone and can never return.
I miss you and still find it impossible to comprehend that I can never cuddle you and steal a kiss on your cheek whilst you’re asleep.
The house is quiet, something is missing. It’s you. I will always miss you my beautiful, handsome, intelligent and perfect little man. You always knew how much I loved you and you know that will never change. I will meet you again one day my little fella and it will be the biggest hug ever!
Rosie Batty also tweeted a touching tribute to her beautiful boy.
My world changed a year ago today. I miss Luke every moment of every day but I push forward with courage because of everyone’s support
— Rosie Batty (@RosieBatty1) February 11, 2015
Rosie had long suffered at the hands of her violent and abusive former partner, but she never suspected he would end up killing their son.