A note from Brent:
I know we all have tough days that invoke memories of loved ones who have passed on to their eternal reward. Today is such a day for me. For those who didn’t know my sister, Amanda, she was 12 years old when she left this life on April 2, 1996, after a life of medical problems and even a heart transplant. So, in her honor, I would like to share a memory.
On February 14, 1996, I went to my college mailbox to get what I hoped would be something from home (Texas) with a few bucks inside. Mom was good for a few bucks from time to time, which was quickly spent on a sweet tea and hash browns at Waffle House. What I found instead was a small carefully handwritten envelope with a homemade Valentine card inside from Amanda. I’m sure she spent a couple of hours drawing and coloring the hearts on front and composing the message inside. Part of the message was this, “Please hurry and come home soon. I’m bored!” No offense to my brother, Byran, but she always thought of me as the fun and crazy one. She also called me “MacGyver” because she thought I could fix anything. Her personality was such that she was always thinking of other people and spending her allowance on gifts for people to cheer them up. I remember fondly how that Valentine card put a smile on my face, because I knew she was thinking of me. Well, today I am thinking of her. I still miss her, but she had to “leave the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God.” (Ronald Reagan)