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Of course she did care. There were only a handful of places she deemed worthy of her pallet. It was my job to pick from her pre-determined limited selection and drive her there as if it were some special surprise. But no lunch today. No one to ask “Where would you like to go?”. No, “I don’t care”. I drive to where they laid my girl to rest. I thought I would sit with her awhile. But I didn’t want her to be alone for lunch. I sit here, looking at her name on the marble face. Nothing to say really. I know she’s not there – just her remains. All the same, I didn’t want her to be alone for lunch today.
Tears spill down my cheeks. Thoughts and memories flood my mind, only to be interrupted by the loud and intrusive silence. She was always with me as I traveled the world, speaking to audiences of thousands of people. Truth is, she would have probably picked a much quieter and simpler life. But she loved me and always supported what I felt God wanted me to do. The only thing she asked was not to move anymore. She hated moving. I’m pretty certain if I had moved her one more time, I would have preceded her to this place of rest.