She showed up on my doorstep with a shoebox.
Shielding it from the harsh beams of the summer sun, I could tell by her mischievous smile that she was bringing me treasure. Once inside, in the cool interior of my house, she set the box before me, revealing…
…six, tiny, perfect, baby bunnies.
Their mother had abandoned them.
For the next few months, she learned the art of caring for baby bunnies. But she already had the skills that mattered.
A heart filled with love.
A willingness to fight whatever unfair odds would condemn the small and helpless.
And more courage than anyone I’ve ever known.
When I wrote a story for inclusion in an anthology to benefit the American Cancer Society, I thought of her. I spoke of her when interviewed about my small contribution…of her courageous heart.
Today, she lost her battle.
But cancer didn’t win. It did not erase her memory. It did not destroy her spirit. It did not dim her light.
So I say again, there is light after death.
And hers shines on.