“Lift Up Your Head” painted by Nina Ruth Baker
I say I love you a lot. I remember the first time I actually said “I Love You.” To my Mother. In the carport of my parents then-home. Still have no idea why it was so hard, just know It was a profound moment for me, because I loved her endlessly. I wanted to say it, to tell her how much she meant to me.Obviously it was hard, and yes, I still remember every little detail. It was an important moment in my life.
I’ve never told anyone the reason I made myself be brave that day — until now.
It was because of Lou Lawyer. All the memories came flooding back today, when I learned of her death.
Lauren Lawyer and I were Harding students at the same time, meeting when she moved to Little Rock. Traveling with Lauren to Searcy, it was during this time I met her parents, Lou and Virgil, along with Lauren’s sisters, Andee and Jan.
Lou Lawyer was the epitome of grace and love. She was wise. Beautiful, with a great smile and laugh. I remember just watching her prepare lunch for Lauren and me — standing in her kitchen, what she served, even the plates she used.
Mostly, I remember Lou Lawyer told her family she loved them constantly. Her voice still resonates with me. Her legacy is everlasting.
Lou Lawyer probably never knew or would even assume how vast her influence permeates those who’ve been in her sphere. We are a lucky and blessed group. She is an angel among angels, now with her husband, Virgil.
Lou Lawyer’s legacy makes me even more thankful for my own Mother, who told literally everyone — just like Lou — that she LOVED them. And did she ever. She and Lou never met, but I’d like to imagine they will meet in Heaven.
Thankful Lou Lawyer was in my life, albeit for those brief moments. My life was forever changed by her example.
Let’s all be brave today — say I LOVE YOU as much as possible. I think Lou will be proud of us and it makes me so happy to believe she will be watching.