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On a poignant August 6th, 2014, the world welcomed a pair of tiny twin boys, a testament to the unwavering love between their parents, Loudine M. Codiot and Ronald Bien-aime. Against all odds, these two little fighters proved the experts wrong, enduring four challenging months in the NICU with the grace of God by their side. Among them was Ronald Junior Bien-Aime, lovingly known as "Junior," and his companion in this journey, Roman Blinston Bien-Aime. Roman, the fourth star in a constellation of six beloved siblings, was embraced by a family that radiated warmth: Ronsie Bien-Aime and Roobens Bien-Aime, his elder sister and brother, Ronald Junior Bien-Aime, his twin, Claven Jayson Gabriel, his youngest brother, and Meshia Gabriel, his younger sister.
As the years meandered on, those once-tiny bundles transformed into captivating children, each exuding their own unique magnetism. Junior, exuberant and fearless, had a knack for finding adventure (and sometimes trouble). Roman, on the other hand, embodied quiet strength, his gentle demeanor hiding a mischievous glint in his eye and a smile that held galaxies of untold stories. These brothers were an inseparable pair, a testament to the bond that only twins share. Roman and Junior danced through life together, their charisma leaving an indelible impression on everyone fortunate enough to be touched by their spirits. From aunts and uncles like Guerdine, Merissa, Bethenise, Jason, Dort, and Wesly, to a multitude of cousins, Roman's light cast its warm glow far and wide.
Roman's spirit was an enchanting blend of the extraordinary and the ordinary. He had a way of fixing his gaze on his mother, showering her with compliments that held the sincerity only a child's heart could muster. "Mommy, you're the most beautiful person," he'd proclaim, an innocent whisper that transcended the mundane. His connection with his mother was so profound that he playfully claimed her as his twin, a whimsical declaration of their unbreakable bond. And when it came to food, Roman was an enthusiast in the truest sense, always hovering around his mother's cooking, delighting in her culinary creations and making sure she knew it. "Mommy, you're the sweetest cooker," he'd declare, his eyes twinkling with appreciation.
Roman's brilliance wasn't confined to the classroom; it was a radiant aura that touched every facet of his life. Teachers like Mrs. Medrid, Judith, and Mrs. Muhammad couldn't help but be captivated by his passion for learning and his genuine kindness. His intelligence was his quiet superpower, inspiring not only his peers but also his teachers. Yet, his brilliance wasn't limited to academics; he shared his knowledge selflessly, helping his older brother with his schoolwork. His dreams, lofty and poignant, revealed his compassionate soul - he once expressed his desire to become a doctor, an aspiration that mirrored his father's healing hands.
Even when illness cast its shadow, Roman's spirit remained unbroken. His relationship with his younger sibling, Meshia, was a treasure trove of memories that will forever hold a special place in their hearts. One story his mother shared stands out: Roman's innocent desire to be recorded like his mother, an endearing attempt to create a lasting memory, a reminder of his resilient spirit that sought to bring joy even in trying times.
Roman's essence touched every heart he encountered. His embodiment of "Sharing is caring" should be etched in our minds as a timeless reminder to be compassionate, to radiate kindness, and to extend our hearts to others. Though he has transitioned to another realm, his spirit will forever linger in our cherished memories, an everlasting presence. He remains the boy who conjured smiles effortlessly, the prince who will forever reign in our souls.
"Who's the prince?" his father would lovingly, inquire.
"I am the prince," Roman would reply, a sentiment that echoes through time, ensuring his legacy lives on.