I'm not in any of the pictures you are about to see, but I wanted to share them with you because of what (and who) we believe they represent.
Last Tuesday afternoon, Wayne's daughters, Gwen, Susan and Lisa, along with Dondra and two friends, Amanda and Wendy went to Wayne and Bett's ("Bett" was Betty's nickname) home just to be together and get some solace and give Wayne some comfort.
While they were standing outside, a little baby deer came out of the woods, approached them all with no fear, allowed itself to be hugged, stroked, kissed and fed.
Here are some of those pictures taken with Amanda's cell phone (some are a little out of focus but I think that given the circumstances that can be overlooked):
Dondra and Gwen
Lisa and Wendy
Now, one could argue that most wildlife are becoming bolder and unafraid of humans, because we're running them out of their habitats, but our family chooses to think otherwise:
We believe that baby deer was Betty's spirit come to give us a sign from her that said "I'm okay, I'm at peace and I'm happy, and I'll always be in your hearts!"
After spending that little bit of time with us, the ladies led the deer back to the edge of the woods where its mother was waiting.
That was the "something wonderful" to which I alluded in a previous blog. I just couldn't write it till now because we've all been so busy, that I couldn't get the pictures loaded until today.
A word about Amanda - who is Lisa's friend: She is an actor/singer in theatre and opera and Lisa is a lighting director working with many popular stage shows, the latest of which will be the upcoming production of HAIR in Atlanta.
Amanda has been a Godsend to us all, being with us, feeding us and just providing us with all the comfort she could. She sang two tunes at Betty's funeral: "The Wind Beneath My Wings" and "The Lord's Prayer". What a wonderful voice!
Our friend Brenda Cato (who has a majestic voice as well) sang "Amazing Grace" and "I'll Fly Away", two of Bett's favorites. I know it's a cliche, but there wasn't a dry eye in the house!
Another "coincidence" (if you want to call it that), is my inclusion at the end of a recent blog of The Beatles' song "Let It Be".
That same song was played during visitation while we all watched video images of Betty throughout her lifetime.
Thanks for all your comfort and support through this time in our lives!
I thought this work by Claude DeBussy is especially fitting to close this blog today. May it bring you some comfort and peace as well!
And from "Becks":