I posted the other day what I would like to call a film script. Typically when you think of a film script you think of a movie on the big screen or a made for TV movie. That is not what this is. What I mean by a film script is something that give you purpose, something that motivates you to do something important in your own live, I call it my “why”. I made this film script of Keith’s retirement from the Army. As you will read, this was written a couple of years ago. This was the dream that I had for our family one day that will never come true but I thought I would share this special dream with you. I hope you enjoy it.
It is August 22, 2014. Mariana is now 14 years old. The black stretch limousine pulls up to the house to pick up Keith, myself, Mariana, and Keith’s mom and dad. We are smiling and laughing from ear to ear. The night is special; one that will be remembered for years to come.
Keith is wearing an Armani black tux with a bow tie. I am wearing a bright Christmassy red dress. The entire dress has an overlay fabric that is an iridescent red color that almost looks like sparkles or glitter is sewn throughout the fabric and when the light hits it just right it sparkles so beautifully. The bodice of the dress is form fitting with thin straps. It has hand tacked on tiny beads all over the bodice. Then starting about the waistline the skirt of the dress starts to flow out. It is a full skirt. It reminds you of when you are a little girl twirling in a dress. I am wearing red satin strappy shoes and gloves that go up the entire length of my arms that match the color of my dress.
Mariana is in a brilliant purple floor length dress that looks just like mine. She has on purple satin strappy shoes and gloves just like mine in the color of her dress. We both have on shawls that match the color of our dresses. Keith’s dad is in the same tux as Keith. Keith’s mom has on a shimmering gold dress. It is a top and a skirt. The top buttons up the back. It has off the shoulder, made of chiffon, scrunched up type straps. The skirt is not form fitting but is not really full either. It has a slight train on the bottom. The skirt and top have hand tacked on beads and sequence. She has on a beautifully designed jacket to match.
The limousine driver comes up to the door and escorts us out to the limo. We all get into this beautiful limo. We start reminiscing about how Keith has gotten to where he is today. We are on our way to the Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago. We open our bottle of Cristal Champagne. We all toast Keith and how well he has done. The drive takes about an hour.
We finally get to the hotel and the limo driver gets out and opens the door. We are then escorted into the ballroom where there are over 200 people waiting on us. All of our family, friends, people from my business, and those that Keith has worked with over the years are all there to celebrate with us.
The orchestra starts to play a song for the celebration we are having. The big banner in the back of the room says, “Congratulations Keith on Your Retirement!” Keith is only 43 years old. There is dancing, dinner and many toasts that happen this night. The night never seemed to end. We all went home with such a memory that will last for years to come.
Mari,Even though I only knew you for a short time, ( a time I wish was much longer) you have changed my life. I now feel like I have a purpose in life, goals to aspire to reach. Before you, I thought I knew what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. When I reflect upon those thoughts, I realize it is something that I am not passionate about. You, Mari, have guided me to find something I am passionate about. By working with you, I now know that I want to be a special education teacher. You have shown me the inside of a world I had never had much experience with. I now know that there is a reason God guided me to meet you at camp. If it wasn’t for you, I would have never known I could be so passionate about something. I am also extremely passionate about autism education. I know after a few years of teaching, I will go back to school so I can intensely work with children who have autism. That is my ultimate goal. Just thinking about it makes me excited. Thank you for everything you have done for me. You are such an amazing girl, you will never know how much you mean to me.
Mommy's Angel In Heaven says
Lillian,I want to thank you for your beautiful comment. It means a lot to Mari’s Mommy and Daddy as we miss her so much. It is wonderful to know and just see how much Mari has truly touched so many people lives. She will be forever missed as I am sure you can well imagine. I am glad that our beautiful little angel could inspire you to work with other just like her. There are so many sweet little angels out there with autism as well that will truly benefit from your love and devotion. Thank your for that and your beautiful post. You may call me anytime you wish. I would love to hear from you.Thank you,Mari’s Mom