Thursday, January 23, 2014
It's not the words in this song particularly, it's the way that Sara delivers them. Something about her reminds me very much of Jennifer. It's her spunkiness and sensitivity among other things.
You would never know that, looking at the above photo taken just before her little brother was born. This photo was taken in December 1963. The bassinet in the background was for John. Little did we know that some day he would be the person to give LIFE to her through a bone marrow transplant. That transplant along with the doctors at MD Anderson along with Jennifer's determination and braveness extended her life for 5 1/2 years.
Well, most of the time at least, as mothers and daughters do have their conflicts from time to time. Those pale in comparison though to the wonderful times such as this photo above that I took of Jen.
Jen became a butterfly gardener after she recovered from her leukemia. She and Christopher, her little son, would watch the metamorphosis of the butterfly coming out of the cocoon and then eventually flying away.
With her gentleness, often, the butterflies would land on her before taking off. I SO love this photo. It says a lot. This was taken in 2002.
Christopher is now 15. He's a fine young man who reminds me very much of his mother in his gentleness and that great smile that she had with her "apple cheeks" as we called them. He was much loved by her.
So today, as her mother, I honor her with all good positive energy and thoughts as I'm sure her sister and brother are doing as well. She was a unique woman who inspired many, many people including the doctors at MD Anderson.
Happy Birthday Jennifer. You are still much loved and are always in our thoughts.