"Live on, survive, for the earth gives forth wonders. It may swallow your heart, but the wonders keep on coming." ~Salman Rushdie
I don’t know how Jill Loyden does what she does. Put in her shoes, I don’t think I could be that strong. Though I guess she’s forced to for the sake of Madden. I can’t imagine having to wake up to the face of a child who reminds you so much of the sister you lost. To me, strength isn’t about power, it’s about will. You live for the sake of others, for the sake of a child left behind. My heart truly goes out to Jill and her family, and especially that beautiful little boy that lost his mother. And the people who love him will have to live knowing what an evil man his father was. Hopefully, he’ll never have to meet him, and hopefully his family will teach him how much his mother loved him. And maybe one day he’ll be able to realize what a sacrifice his aunt has made. And maybe one day he’ll be thankful to have someone so incredible in his life. While saddened that his mother is gone, he seems to have an amazing person in this world to take care of him. So Jill, I commend you. For staying strong for yourself and Madden. For going on living your life. For staying true to yourself. And most of all, for inspiring other’s to do the same.
Mahatma Gandhi once said: “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”