JANUARY 11, 2023: “The Steel Magnolia Under The Stars” …

I just sat there. I just held Shelby’s hand. There was no noise, no tremble, just peace. Oh god. I realize as a woman how lucky I am. I was there when that wonderful creature drifted into my life and I was there when she drifted out. It was the most precious moment of my life.
{“M’Lynn’s Breakdown” … “Steel Magnolias”}
As for God? While of course, at the time I couldn’t exactly feel Him, every single shred of my being knows that He was there in that room with me, just like “The Footprints In The Sand”. He was weeping as He was holding me as I was weeping and holding her as she was dying in my arms during this, the most bittersweet moment of my life. After all those years of praying for a baby, I’d gotten an angel instead.
{“Hello, Goodbye” … The Real Cat Williamson}

Happy 19th, Gina Marie. I, too, realize just how lucky I am to have been there when you drifted into my life, and then again when you drifted out. We may have only crossed paths for a handful of fleeting hours, but I was honored to have been the one to both carry you here and send you right back Home. It truly was the most precious moment of my life.

I’ll see you when I get there my ‘lil Butterfly! Hey, maybe we can meet beneath that beautiful steel magnolia that stands so strong amidst the greyalways bending, but never breaking – just like your apostrophe of a momma. Then, you can tell me all about the stars you’ve been watching me through, and how much brighter they must be from your tiny seat in Heaven. I love you.