This was a Facebook post, and I debated whether to put it on the blog. It’s not a review. Just a reflection.
This beautiful book by Cece Meng came out today.
“After Old Turtle swims his last swim and breathes his last breath, and the waves gently take him away, his friends lovingly remember how he impacted each and every one of them. As the sea animals think back on how much better Old Turtle made their lives and their world, they realize that he is not truly gone, because his memory and his legacy will last forever.”
Of course, Taylor (my sister, died 12/12/14 at the age of 19), was on my mind while I read the book. What struck me the most were the last few lines-
“He showed kindness and strength.
And he made his world a better place.
When he was done, the ocean took him back.
But what he left behind was only the beginning.”
Certainly true of our dear Taylor, too. She showed us kindness and strength- continually. And she made the world a better place. Her friends and her family can testify for that. And when she breathed her last breath, God took her into His arms. And what she left behind was only the beginning.
I no longer question “why” so often. I’ll never fully understand this side of heaven. But I do believe she did the work she needed to do. She made the world a better place. She made a difference in lives we will never know. And when her work was done, she went home.
And we will always remember.