I do not know if I have ever met Michelle Bullard before. I have had many meals at the Dairy Bar where she worked so perhaps I did meet her before. Even still I know her. I know her from her lovely family and friends.
I know her from pictures on leaflets and flyers, I know her from the news and from internet websites.
I know Michelle, we all do. She is who we admire, trust and love. She is each of us and all of us. She is loved because of it.
And she is missed because of it.
My heart gasps thinking of her family and how they must be suffering.
But Michelle has given each of us who know her spirit something important, she has given us a sliver of a reason why everyday is so important.
Michelle's mother said something Friday night on the Nancy Grace Show that spoke to the heart of all who know the love of a parent. Karen said she had a regret and Nancy Grace asked what the regret was Karen Riojas, Michelle's mother said, " I regret I can't have one more day with her."
As the father, the parent of a six month old I know what it is to love a child. As a friend of Karen I know what it is to want one more day.
"One more day" How important that is when we are in love with a child.
God has blessed this family by giving them back Michelle for one more day. I am sure we will all be asked to join them, and I would hope to see you there.