I’ve wanted to write this post for awhile now. I needed time to let the reality sink in … to grasp the truth. The truth is that I still can’t grasp the truth.
There was this beautiful little girl. Traveled with her momma and siblings all the way from Guatemala. Arrived one morning with just a bag. One momma, five little ones. The youngest. Such a tiny petite little thing. I remember her eyes the most … the most beautiful eyes.
Our church took this family into our hearts. I wanted to do only one thing: buy them shoes. She loved her shoes. It made me smile.
My baby was born. I placed my son into the arms of her momma. Language may have hindered us from talking but her smile said it all. A momma just knows another momma. The girl looked at my son and smiled her shy smile. My heart melted.
I watched the girl grow. A kind and gentle soul. A smile that could light up the room. Such a beautiful girl.
The news hit hard. A fluke accident took her away. A light snuffed out. Why? No answers, only questions. My momma heart bled for her momma, her dad, her siblings, her love. Such deep sadness and sorrow. I just don’t understand.
We gathered together to remember her. This amazing young woman. Loved by many. A daughter. A sister. A lover. An Auntie. A friend.
Her brother spoke. Dreams. Conversations. Memories. In the midst he spoke. Of a butterfly. A poem meant to comfort. Tears silently crept down my cheeks.
My heart broke as I gave my condolences. I hugged her sweet momma and cried with her, there were no words. This momma knows that the worst pain is to say goodbye to your child.
I walked away sad. Those left behind are hurting. Aching. There are no great words to ease the loss. Only sweet memories to take the edge away.
She was an angel. Those who knew her growing up spoke of what she did. Those who knew her as a grown woman spoke of how she made them feel. She was an angel.
An angel whose smile and voice is missed every moment of the day. An angel who in her short life on this planet touched so many lives. She made them feel important. Loved.
Good-bye sweet angel. May your spirit soar freely in the presence of the one your soul loved. Watch over your family below. As far me, I will always remember the eyes of a little girl who melted my heart.