Since this trip we are about to take has so much to do with my daughter, Alex, I wanted to share something very special with you about her. When she told me she wanted to be an organ donor, she also told me she wanted to be cremated and that means that I have her ashes. Until now I haven't been sure what to do with them. Nothing seemed right to me until just today.
I am going to take her ashes with me on this trip and in each state we ride in, I will release some. Ken and I just got home from the North Carolina sprinkling and I am pretty shaken up but it still feels right.
Carrying anything on a trip like this is a challenge, so for practical reasons I decided to divide her ashes into 14 small baggies. When I began this difficult task, there was a blessing in it I did not expect... I discovered something in the ashes. Something I thought I had lost a long time ago... Buried deeply, inside a little clay mummy that Alex made, inside a plastic bag, was her pony tail.
This gift reassured me about my decision to "let her go" on this trip. Ken holding my hand made me even more certain. I love him so much. For his support with Alex and for many more reasons.
I hope this wasn't too heavy for ya, but hey, this is where I'm at right now and this is going to be an emotional trip so if you're reading now, get ready. It's going to be A BIG DEAL.