You might first notice her vibrant blue eyes that remind you of the Caribbean. Or maybe it’s her mischievous smile. Or maybe the fact that she looks like a perfect healthy typically little girl. You can’t see that she has autism or the fact that in just three weeks she will have died from contract E. coli and what it did to her little body.
I look at this picture and see the vibrance she always had. She was such a happy little girl. Always with a big, bright, beautiful smile on her face. Her laugh was infectious making those around her laugh as well. You may have no idea what is funny but she sure did.
Mari was the epitome of unconditional love. While she may not have understand what the meaning of love is, she gave love freely to others.
To know that I had the privilege of being her mom just warms my heart. I may not have realized at the time all that I do know as I reflect back on our time with her but that’s okay. If God wanted me to know all that I know now He would have found a way to let me know.