One day, one week, one month, one year at a time
Three years ago this coming Tuesday, I stood by my sister as she took her last breath. It was quiet, we were all there, we said our goodbyes, switches were flipped, and in seconds…she was gone.
For the first 3o years of my life I was a part of this duo, Kiki & Courtney. She was my baby sister, my ally at times, the bane of my existence at other times, but always…my best friend. We went through a lot together us two, struggles and triumphs, happy and sad times, I imagined we would be little old ladies together one day, one-upping each other bragging about our grandkids.
When she left this earth she took with her a piece of me, and the hole that is left aches at times. I heard someone describe this kind of loss like breaking a bone and not getting it set properly. After it heals, you go on about your life, you figure out how to do things just fine. But, every once in a while, you move a certain way and it hurts. Every once in a while, for whatever reason, it hurts. It doesn’t just go away and you don’t just move on. The moment Courtney took her last breath I was at a loss, I had been part of this duo, Kiki & Courtney, and then..all of a sudden…I wasn’t.
Well, for me, that wasn’t good enough for me. Call it my deep Texas roots, if you like. I come from a long line of really tough Texas women, on both sides. But, I couldn’t end it at that. Months later, our brother Lee and I were talking about a foundation in Courtney’s honor. Not just a fund or an attempt to keep her with us, but a real working, living, breathing entity that helped kid with special needs which, was her passion. Almost 40,000 books donated later…I like to think we’ve not only kept her spirit alive around us but…we’ve made her proud. Selfishly, I feel like I get to work with her every day, and I am still a part of this great duo. I’ve met people I would have never met, heard stories I would have never heard, and gained friends I would have never known. Court’s Kids is such a gift.
Are we a big organization? No. Are we pulling in loads of donations? Not so much. Are we helping provide books for classroom libraries and helping kids with special needs build their own home libraries? Yes. And that’s all we need to do…
Little by little,