Monday, September 12, 2011
Dear Michaela ... a message from Turtle
Michaela, do you remember this page from your third grade school journal? I posted it on my personal facebook a couple of days ago. You will be happy to know that I often post links to animals who are in the shelter, in need or homes, or in need of help some other way. There are some people who get annoyed, probably not so much with the fact that I post about animals in need, but just the fact that I post so often! So I posted this journal of yours and told people that if you were here, you'd be posting about those animals also.
I got a lot of replies, all of them positive, but this one really touched me. It's from Turtle ... I know you remember her. She's all grown up and calls herself Kate now, but I am sure you will remember her nickname best, because that's what you always called her when you talked about her. Anyway, I just wanted to put it here in your blog, so if you are out there somewhere, you can read it, too.
"I love this note. I remember her often writing and once she shared something she'd written with me and because I was a bratty teenager, I didn't pay her the attention she deserved. That's always haunted me. I wish I had drank in every detail because she was one of the brightest human beings I had ever and still have ever met. She is a special person and I wish everyone had the opportunity to watch her turn into an incredible and gifted adult. Those of us who knew her even briefly have been changed because of her and what happened to her and all of your family and I know it's a small consolation to us, but I think she could appreciate and take joy in that. That she effected the world in a positive way. And finally, the date on that is the day of my thirteenth birthday. :)"
Wherever you are, whatever has happened, whatever you have gone through, you are still special, and incredible and gifted. Nobody could ever take that away from you. You are a gift, and you have touched the world immensely. There is no way to possibly tell you how very loved you are, not only by me, by your family, by the friends who knew you, but by a thousand strangers who never knew you.
I love you forever, baby girl. I miss you.