Friday, April 11, 2014

Stories Don't End

If our lives were a movie, if our lives were a book
It'd be longer than I'd recommend
'Cause if you're telling a story, at some point you stop
But stories don't end...
- Dawes

Lacey Holsworth died on Tuesday.  She was eight years young.  She died at home surrounded by the family that loves her.  She is survived by the parents and three brothers who shall mourn her and who shall never forget her.   

If you paid even a modicum of attention to the recently-concluded March Madness then it is more likely than not that you came across the story of Lacey Holsworth.  Perhaps you recognize her by her sobriquet - "Princess Lacey".  She was the #1 fan of and a central figure in the life of Michigan State's star senior forward Adriean Payne.  To him, she was "Princess Lacey".  To her, he was "Superman".  When the Spartans came east to Madison Square Garden two weekends ago to compete in the East Regional, where they would advance to the Final before losing to Kevin Ollie's Connecticut Huskies, Lacey and her parents made the trip.  

A parent's greatest fear is to outlive a child.  It defies the natural order of Life.  Perhaps it lessens the blow for a parent, such as Lacey's mom and dad, to know just how many lives - including those of strangers such as me - their little girl touched with her humanity, her courage and her ear-to-ear smile.  I certainly hope it does.   It is a break to which the Holsworths are certainly entitled.   

Her life has ended.  Her story has not... 

...May it never do so.

If our lives were a movie, if our lives were a book
It'd be longer than I could defend
'Cause if you're telling a story, at some point you stop
But stories don't end
Stories don't end...


-AK






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