A few days before his 15th birthday, Taysom Sim was wearing a green and gold t-shirt and a green ball cap.
He sat on the edge of his room at his grandmother’s home in West Palm Beach, Fla., wearing a t-hat and a black baseball cap.
“I’m like, ‘Mom, I don’t know what’s going on,'” Sim told The Associated Press by phone from his home in nearby West Palm, Fla.
“It was a weird moment.
You’re sitting there and you’re thinking, What is this?
Who is this?'”
In a rare interview with The Associated Images, Sim described his experience as a child who spent hours each day at the park playing, swimming and taking pictures of his grandma.
He said he liked the sport.
Sim’s grandmother died in 2016, and his father, Tysom, took over the family’s day care business.
He told the AP that he often watched his son play on the internet, which he shared with Sim.
The younger Sim was an avid golfer, he said.
“He was playing the ball a lot, and he was like a pro,” he said, laughing.
“When he first started, he would just sit on the ground and watch the ball.
He would sit on his knee and look at it.
But he just got into it.”
The elder Sim said he loved his son so much he started putting him to sleep on weekends.
“Tysom was always happy, always joking with him,” Sim said.
The two attended a church service at St. Matthew Baptist Church in West Miami in the spring of 2014, his grandmother told the Associated Press.
“We always prayed together, just like a family,” he told the news outlet.
The elder Sims told the paper that his son’s love for the sport stemmed from his father.
“As a parent, I love him,” he wrote in a Facebook post.
“And that’s because he’s an amazing son.
He always helped his mom, and they’re both in heaven now.
A Miami Heat fan watches the team play the Washington Wizards at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, U.S., March 7, 2021. “
There’s nothing else like him, and I hope you all enjoy the rest of your lives as much as we did.”
A Miami Heat fan watches the team play the Washington Wizards at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, U.S., March 7, 2021.
A Miami team fan watches their team play Washington Wizards in Miami at American Airlines Arena in the Miami, Fla, area, March 7.
Taysom said he was able to watch his son and the other family members in the hospital as they received their final medical checks.
“At first, he was crying and he kept crying, but then he calmed down,” he recounted.
“His eyes were closed and he smiled, so I knew he was OK.”
The elder Sim has said he’s happy with Tysan’s return.
“They’re in heaven,” he has told the Miami Herald.
“That’s the only thing that matters.”
Tysans mother, Kori, died from cancer in the summer of 2018.
The family lives in Florida.
Tysoms sister, Katerina, is now working to start a family of her own.
“My sister was just so beautiful, I always looked up to her,” Tysas sister, who didn’t want to give her last name, told The AP.
“But it was really sad to see her die, so Tysomes mom said it’s sad to lose her.
But her spirit is strong and she’ll always have a big smile on her face.”