The movie…..Did you ever see the 1989 movie, Steel Magnolias ? Can you recite the words to just about every line? Who do you identify with most? For me, it’s Sally Field’s character, M’lynn. Sally gives the most incredible depiction of a mother’s love in this movie. Also, of her pain. I often wonder of the success of this movie had any of the other iconic women played this role. Although they are each heros in my book, Sally was the right one for this job! The scene at the cemetery when she is shouting in anger that her Shelby is gone – this scene was the epitome of pain. It tore this mama up!
I think once you have gone through losing a child it is kind of a right of passage to don the title of a Steel Magnolia. Especially when we have been able to carry our precious memories and move forward in our life. Hence the title of this blog. Recall that right after that heart-wrenching scene M’lynn’s most faithful and cherished friends were there by her side and even at such an inopportune time, they made her laugh.
We need each other to honor our loved ones, to bond, to grieve and we do so in a way as to not let our grief end us. We put one foot in front of the other, one day at a time, one step at a time and yes, even one breath at a time and even still, move forward…..together. XOXO